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the seven rooms Room 1: Matriarchal Cultures 40.000 - 3000 BC   Room 2: Women in the encounter of cultures 3000 BC - 1350 BC   Room 3: Women's Pathways towards Modernity 1350 - 1550   Room 4: Women's Movements in Europe 1550 - 1850   Room 5: Gender Democracy in Germany 1850 -1938   Room 6: Women's politics and fascism 1938 - 1958   Room 7: Female visions and concepts of the One World
Room 5
  Seven TimeSpaces, or rooms, are linked in a spiral movement. In this movement past, present, and future circulate. In the spiral of time the genesis, historical impact, and changes of a matriarchal pattern become visible. In each of the TimeSpaces particular historical and symbolical aspects of the pattern emerge. For each TimeSpace, and in each room, this historical occurrence is illustrated through the leifmotif of a woman's quotation, a specially designed pictogram, and a guiding image.  
Room 5: Gender Democracy in Germany 1850 -1938

The fifth TimeSpace, and room, recounts the contradictory female role prescriptions and the basic gender-political consensus among women in Germany. With their demands, they shook up the truth claims of male politics and patriarchal interpretations. During the reign of the emperor, the Weimar Republic, and the NS regime women were aware of their political responsibility for living and surviving.

The scale symbolizes fair inclusiveness - in spite of all patriarchal strategies of exclusion.

The women of the women's movements in this bourgeois era represent women's claims to gender-democratic relations within and outside the private sphere.

The wooden table by Carl Koch from 1890 conveys a lively impression of women's determination to participate in political life.
See Kuhn, Annette: Historia. Frauengeschichte in der Spirale der Zeit. [Women's history in the spiral of time] Opladen & Farmington Hills 2010 (= Schriften aus dem Haus der FrauenGeschichte; Bd. 4), S. 201-242 [Publications from the House of Women's History, Vol. 4, pp. 201-242]

See Spirale der Zeit. Frauengeschichte sichtbar machen. Hrsg. v. Annette Kuhn, Marianne Hochgeschurz, Monika Hinterberger. Heft 5: Geschlechterdemokratie in Deutschland. [Spiral of time. Making women's history visible. Edited by Annette Kuhn, Marianne Hochgeschurz, Monika Hinterberger. Issue 5: Gender democracy in Germany.] Leverkusen und Michigan (USA) 2009
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