Empress Frederick of Germany (1841-1901) is known first and foremost as the liberal consort of Emperor Frederick, who died after a reign of only 99 days in 1888. A vast majority of her biographers believe that she converted her husband into a supporter of British-style liberalism, and that his premature death effectively ended prospects for liberal development in Germany. Yet historians have consistently overlooked her work to advance women’s causes, which left a far more tangible legacy than her involvement in politics. The essay discusses reasons why she embraced women’s causes and attempts to reassess her legacy. It also invites a critique of how political and social historians have viewed her accomplishments.
Empress Frederick and the Women’s Movement in Nineteenth-Century Germany.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 21(6), 321-331.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol21/iss6/20