This book describes the status of women in the former German Democratic Republic, and their transition from a socialist (communist) economy to the capitalist free market system of united Germany. Women After Communism outlines the provisions which East Germany's socialist regime made for integrating women into the workplace, and also describes women's losses with the collapse of socialism, abortion rights, and secure employment. The comprehensive background of Women After Communism is complemented by the inclusion of provocative personal narratives.
Helen H. Frink is Professor of Modern Languages and Women's Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments; Introduction: Behind the Wall Chapter 2 The Political Background Chapter 3 Women in the Workforce Chapter 4 Family Ties: Marriage and Children Chapter 5 Schooling for Socialism: From "I" to "We" Chapter 6 Religion: Is God Dead? Chapter 7 After the Fall Chapter 8 Pensions: A Women's Issue Chapter 9 Founding a New Existence: The Entrepreneurs of Hasenwinkel Chapter 10 The Beauty Business Chapter 11 The Plight of Rural Women Chapter 12 Feminist Stepsisters Chapter 13 Looking Forward Chapter 14 Sources; Index