Work & Women. Pioneers and milestones of women's work - Super Women

17 Apr 2016 – 30 Oct 2016

Frauenmuseum Bonn

Bonn, Germany


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Louise Otto Peters, initiator of the first women's movement in Germany, published 1866 - 150 years ago - their important Scripture: "The women's right to purchase".


In it they defined work, the foundation of society, as a "duty and honor of the female sex" and pleaded for the removal of all obstacles that stood an independent working women in the way. This demand we can still join us today. The exhibition is divided into two parts. In the first part historical milestones are shown in the development of female employment since industrialization in NRW and examples presented typically female professions.

1783 Brügelmannsche cotton mill in Ratingen was founded as the first factory on the continent. The textile and food industry were typically female fields of work. No training, low wages and little opportunity for advancement characterized the woman activity not only in industry but also in the office.
Teachers and telephone operators were the end of the 19th century the first women in the public service. As civil servants, they were subjected to celibacy, if they did not lose their jobs.

The exhibition shows changes in the female working world and also presents a number of pioneers from the Rhineland and Westphalia as Frieda Fischer, who founded with her husband, the Museum of East Asian Art in Cologne and first director of the museum in Prussia and Elisabeth Wilms, film forming baker of Dortmund , The women demonstrate that there have always been pioneers, innovative ways went, a company founded or were successful in male domains.
The focus of the art part of the exhibition are the Super Women from around the world. They embody courage, assertiveness and success. Shining examples are in addition to good training, the requirement that women occupied positions of influence, contribute their skills and make the world of work. Contemporary German and international artists portraying famous pioneers as well as personal role models. You customize Rauminszenierungen, photography and images. 100 personalities of the female elite will be presented from the fields of entrepreneurship, finance, architecture, media, digitalisation, science, education, medicine, politics, art and music.
So dedicated Sabina Bockemühl their work Jette Joop and her fashion company, Daniela Flörsheim protraitiert Elizabeth Corley of Allianz Global Investors, Monika Ortmann honors Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. Sharon Ventura portrays Dr. Rosalind Franklin, a brilliant scientist deserving recognition for her discoveries in DNA research.
The Women's Museum supports with the two exhibitions the UN demand of the International Labor Organization for a just and humane world of work for all people, especially for women. Through the presentation of career paths an enormous range of possibilities is alive.
Parallel exhibitions - Jung-Utopistinnen c / o Kinderatelier fm 17.04.- 10.30.2016 -
"Red Room Project" - My wild Home c / o Ilona Helmiss 01.05.-05.29.2016 -
Chinese artists c / o Blue Roof Museum of Chengdu, Wendy Hack 12.06.-07.10.2016 -
Marie Goslich: Arbeiterfotografie 24.07.-08.21.2016

An extensive program of lectures, film screenings, discussion, school classes etc. is planned.
Every Sunday there is a public guidance.

Funded by: NRW Foundation, LVR Landschaftsverband Rheinland, Renate Wald Foundation, Mäzenatinnen.


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