NTM International Journal of History & Ethics of Natural Sciences, Technology & Medicine

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 65-90

First online:

German women in chemistry, 1925–1945 (part II)

  • Jeffrey A. JohnsonAffiliated withDepartment of History, Villanova University

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The paper traces the role of German women into the chemistry profession from 1925 to 1945, examining their relative numbers and experience in higher education, in academic and industrial careers as well as in professional organizations such as the Verein Deutscher Chemikerinnen. The paper examines the effect of the 1930s Depression, National Socialism, and World War II on women chemists, considering both general trends as well as the experiences and achievements of several individual women in a variety of situations. Finally, it considers the longterm consequences of these developments, such as the Nazi expulsion of Jewish women, destruction of women’s organizations and devaluing of women’s achievements, in limiting the recognition and participation of German women chemists after 1945.