Time for another Big five moment! This time it’s all about the backbone of any society – the women! I will share my favourite women in german history. So this time this wont be a ranking, because I don’t want to rate or evaluate these womens lives. So the order in which I put them is totally random.
1. Sophie Scholl
Sophie Scholl lived during Nazi Germany and was part of a non violent group of resitance, the White Rose. The group conducted an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign which called for active opposition against the Nazi regime. She was only 21 when she was arrested and later executed for high treason. Her last words were:
How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause? Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?
Sophie Scholl was a very inspiring and brave person and living in Munich and studying at the same university as she and other members of the white rose brings her really close to me.
There is a great movie about her that I would really recommend if you are interested in the matter. There are subtitles in english 🙂
2. Hildegard von Bingen
Hildegard of Bingen, was a German Benedictine abbess and she is considered to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany.
She lived in the beginnings of the 12th century and was quite progressive for her time, she was a healer, writer, musician, visionary, counselor, preacher, linguist, naturalist, poet and an adviser to kings, bishops and princes. She wrote more than 70 liturgical songs, the first sung play, and books on theology, medicine, diet and natural history. All the while she kept up a voluminous correspondence with people in and out of the church, leading one scholar to dub her the “Dear Abby of the 12th century.”
That’s what I would call Girl-Power!
3. Empress Elisabeth of Austria
Elisabeth of Austria (24 December 1837 – 10 September 1898) was the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, and thus Empress of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Queen consort of Croatia and Bohemia.
Elisabeth, or Princess Sisi, as she is better known as, always had that Disney Princess glow flying around her. There are cartoons for children about her life and so many movies that I already lost track, there is even a musical. She was a bavarian princess that was born in Munich and she is still “our” princess, the best known and most beloved german princess. She was always near to the people and so beautiful. She had a tragic life but also lived it with so much grace and dignity. I very much admire her.
4. Beate Uhse
This woman lived an adventurous life! Before WWII started she was the only femal stunt pilot in Germany, later when the war started she could no longer do that and was forced to serve in the german air force. After the war she was no longer permitted to fly, so she did the next logical step – she wrote a pamphlet about fertile and unfertile days of women (to prevent them to get pregnant involuntarily) sold condoms an “marriage guides” and later openend the first sex shop in the world. Uhse was one of the most important people for sexual liberation in the German-speaking world and a real ass-kicking woman!
5. Rosa Luxemburg
Rosa Luxemburg was a Marxist philospher and economist in the late 19th and early 20th century. During WWI, Luxemburg was an avid anti-war activist and was jailed for distributing anti-war pamphlets and protesting. She was released from jail in 1918, however was murdered not even a year later. Luxemburg advocated pacifism and free thought and scorned the violent power grabs across Europe and Russia during and after the war. She is remembered today as one of the only female socialist revolutionaries in Europe.
A very inspiring woman.