East German Women Set the Pace In Unified Germany


Women who grew up in East Germany during the Cold War are more likely to bear children earlier, work full time and have a more holistic approach to life than their West German counterparts, a New York Times report says. The East Germans were also found to be more mobile, better-educated, and more self-confident in their looks and sexuality.

While East and West German women have a shared history, social engineering in the former communist state played a key role in ensuring gender equality, with women generally encouraged to work using incentives such as smaller pay gaps compared to male counterparts, free child care centres, year-long paid maternity leaves and shorter working days for mothers. West German women are playing catch-up as they begin to shed traditional home-bound roles and start to have careers only now.

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