Feminism Today

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What are the vital issues that women and feminists today consider to be of burning importance, what are they concerned about? And what else is there still to do? This is a showcase of people who are involved in the field of culture and who are dealing with the hottest feminist issues and debates of the moment.

Video Series “Leading Women”

Women in top-ranking positions modernise skylines and infrastructures. They run international enterprises and use technology in the service of a fairer world. Our video series shows ten women from different countries and professions. What motivates them? What are their views on hierarchies and teamwork? What makes them leaders and pacemakers of society?

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Leading Women
Tomomi Nishimoto

Every breath she takes: When Tomomi Nishimoto performs with her orchestra, hundreds of musicians follow her every little move. This video portrait shows the Japanese conductor in her element and points out the challenges involved in a position that carries so much responsibility.

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Leading Women
Sigrid Nikutta

As the first woman to serve as CEO of the Berlin Transport Authority, Sigrid Nikutta is shaping the future of urban and, above all, sustainable mobility in the German capital. She talks about the character traits that are decisive for her career.

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Leading Women
Angelika Eggert

For Angelika Eggert, head of Pediatrics at Berlin’s Charité hospital, power is not an end in itself, but an opportunity to make a difference. But there’s also a price to pay for that opportunity, as she explains.

Brave, new world – how do we want to live together?

How do women juggle the demands of their relationships, caring for the family and being gainfully employed? In German society single mothers or fathers are equally as prevalent as patchwork families, queer, trans or polyamourous relationships. Women are still being forced into the classic role of nursing and nurturing. But what ways of living together fit in with today's world? And what changes in professional life?

Who am I – and who do I want to be?

Man or woman – is that all there is? For those people who do not feel at home in either of these categories, there is nothing but confusion. Today’s feminism, in any case, is building on the diversity of human identities:  Does, however, the difference between man and woman have to be so black and white? Isn’t this classification of gender oppressive?

Princess-to-go – how do you see me?

Am I too fat, too old, not beautiful enough? Every day we are bombarded by images of idealised femininity, they unsettle us, and convey traditional roles that reduce women to their outward appearance. Feminist debates are combating these images with “empowering” strategies of self-assertion.

Selftest: How feminist am I?

For a long time feminism was “yuck” in Germany and the term alone triggered fear and damnation. Those days, however, are now over. Feminist slogans are emblazoned on the T-shirts of all the big clothing chains. What better time than now to put yourself to the test! Leaving all the short-lived fashion trends aside, has the feminist mindset also managed to gain a foothold in my life? Just how feminist am I? Find it out: click on [Start].
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Persistence and Dialogue – Feminism worldwide

What do women in India think of role clichés in Bollywood films? Why is it difficult for married women in Japan to be feminist? - The following articles show how societies worldwide deal with equality and how the framework conditions for feminism and feminist activism are in different countries.

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Idea and Concept: Christine Ruhland and Sonja Eismann
Editors: Ula Brunner, Christine Ruhland, Jörn Müller
Technical implementation: Christine Ruhland, Svenja Hoffmann
Picture editing: Ula Brunner and Sarah Klein