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Portrait of Louise Otto (1892)
The author and journalist Louise Otto (1819-1895), portrayed in a wood engraving from 1892, became politically active in the Revolution of 1848/49 by publishing the Frauen-Zeitung (Women’s Newspaper). A founder of the German women’s movement and cofounder of the General German Women’s Association (1865), she called for women to be granted education, employment, and the right to vote. Though the association did not exclude female workers from membership, it was clearly bourgeois in outlook, which also entailed a definite commitment to family values and the nation.