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Nazi's polices towards women

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Nazi's polices towards women The Nazis had a number of different policies towards women, which were each tackled by different measures that varied in success. The first policy Nazis had was to tackle to falling of birth rate in Germany. Hitler had an aggressive and firm population policy because he wanted to encourage 'racially pure' women to bear as many 'Aryan' children as possible, therefore increasing population growth. The first step towards Nazi population growth was encouraging marriage. If the couple could prove that they were of pure German descent, then they were allowed to marry, and had great benefits. Young married couples received loans of up to 1,000 Reich marks, interest free, as long as the female agreed to quit her job. For each child that the couples had, their loan debt would be cut by a quarter, so if a couple had four children the debt would be completely liquidated, and the loan free. This was a very attractive policy, especially for newly weds who did not have much money. Once married, women left there job, or were forced, and pressurized into giving it up. There new role was to stay at home and give birth. ...read more.

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Germany would need to start a war and Hitler new this. The children that these mothers were going to give birth to would provide the army that Hitler needed. He knew perfectly well that lots of Germans were going to die, and this was just another reason for war. These new soldiers would take over his conquest, and replace those that were going to die. He wanted to have a constant supply of perfect Aryan soldiers. He also thought that the population had to increase for the country to become more powerful. Women played a vital role in his plan to develop an ideal German Community and make Germany more powerful, as he believed that a larger, racially purer population would as well as enhancing Germanys military strength, they could provide 'settlers' that could settle down in, and convert the new territory that Germany would take over in Eastern Europe. Another reason for his policies that encouraged population growth was that Hitler had to encourage and somehow justify his beliefs that the 'Aryan' race was superior. In order to be 'superior' it had to outnumber, and excel other populations, particularly Russia and Poland that were also growing fast. ...read more.

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The final policy that Hitler had towards women that I am going to discuss is indoctrination. These were certain policies that defined the role of women in society. They used images as propaganda of the 'ideal nazi family'. The women was shown to have blonde hair, blue eyes, heavy hips (for child bearing), no make up, and no desire for a career. Their lives were controlled, women were not expected to wear make up, trousers, revealing clothes or perms. The also presented their views on women in the educational system. The girls education was divided into a number of different lessons, each one encouraged life at home, e.g Hauswirtschaft- This involved domestic science, cooking, house and garden work. They were taught that women had to have children and look after their husbands. They were told not to smoke, or diet, as it could affect their ability to have healthy babies. Women had to wear plain and simple dresses, with flat shoes. They had to change their everyday social habits- they could not show-off their sexuality, or have sexual relationships with more than I think the most important reason for Nazi's polices towards women is to tackle the problem of unemployment. Hitler solved the problem of unemployment by 1939, this helped him to stay in power as a dictator. ...read more.

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