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Women in Nazi-controlled Germany were expected to be the center of family life. Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda, stated, "the mission of women is to be beautiful and to bring children into the world." Hitler had the same resentment toward women. He claimed allowing women to work, "constitutes a deprivation of rights, since it draws women into realms of society where they are inferior." Their sentiments were matched with policy direction by the Third Reich limiting the role of women in society.
The Marriage Loan Act (1933) served to provide 1,000 Reichsmarks to young couples, and they could keep 250 marks for every child born. By 1939 almost half, all married couples were supported by the German government. This policy along with the Mother's Day propaganda and the Mother's Honor Cross placed a huge value on women who stayed at home to care for children. The Law for Reduction of Unemployment (1933) created policies designed to push women from the workforce including limiting their age eligible to work and reducing wages. Women were discouraged from the "harsh world of politics".
Nazi policies discouraged women from working during the early years of the Reich. The Marriage Loan Act initially required women to quit their jobs prior to receiving assistance. However, as World War II wore on, women were allowed into the workplace and eventually even into the auxiliary military units.
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