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Transforming Utopia: The ‘League for the Protection of Mothers and Sexual Reform’ in the First World War

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In February 1915, the ‘German League for the Protection of Mothers and Sexual Reform’ (‘Deutscher Bund für Mutterschutz und Sexualreform’) was due to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its founding, yet the outbreak of war had drastically changed the context in which the League had to work. The 1915 Business Report of the Berlin branch of the League reflects this change:

We had hoped to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the League in public, first and foremost by organising an international congress designed to demonstrate how the ideas that we are fighting for have spread to the rest of the civilized world. Until the outbreak of war, we could not have imagined that a world war would put a stop to our work … We have had to get used to coping even with this extraordinary situation, and we have adapted our work to suit the new circumstances.1 (Geschäftsbericht 1915: 1)

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  • Unmarried Mother
  • Unmarried Parent
  • Civilized World
  • Race Hygiene

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Davies, P. (2007). Transforming Utopia: The ‘League for the Protection of Mothers and Sexual Reform’ in the First World War. In: Fell, A.S., Sharp, I. (eds) The Women’s Movement in Wartime. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230210790_13

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