Last Updated: 20 Sep, 2023 | Views: 205
Other Profession(s): Author, Feminist
Famous For: Women's Suffrage And Emancipation In General
Hedwig Dohm was born on September 20, 1831. She was the third child of (Henriette) Wilhelmine Jülich, née Beru, and tobacco manufacturer Gustav Adolph Gotthold Schlesinger (originally Elchanan Cohen Schlesinger). She was the daughter of a Protestant convert who adopted Schleh's surname in 1851 after converting to Protestantism in 1817. Her father's family had strong reservations about the marriage, so it wasn't until 1838 that Hedwig's parents married.
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Hedwig Dohm Early Life
Hedwig Dohm was born in Berlin into an extended family of 18 siblings. Her passion for reading began early, and she thoroughly enjoyed school. She was required to assist with household chores by her parents when she was just fifteen, so her formal education was cut short. Her desire to continue learning led her to convince her parents to let her attend a women's teachers' college.
Hedwig Dohm Writings
• Hedwig Dohm began writing in the early 1870s after her children became adults. In her first publication, "What the Clergy Thinks About Women," she responded to conservative arguments against higher education for women.
Hedwig Dohm Feminist Activist
• Her role in drafting the German Women's Association Reform's initial chapters led to its founding in 1888. The program advocated for women to be able to study all university subjects.
• Dohm's work is renowned for its clever social commentary. The Google Doodle of Hedwig Dohm spans the entire German region.
Hedwig Dohm Personal Life
• Her first marriage was to Kladderadatsch's editor-in-chief in 1853. She and her husband engaged in lengthy discussions about politics, art, and her literary ambitions.
• Her children included four daughters out of five she had. Her early years as a mother were devoted to providing her children with opportunities she had been denied. Artists and intellectuals gathered at her home as well.