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A center bears her name

The German philosopher was deeply committed to securing equal rights for women. Today the Margherita von Brentano Center for Gender Studies at Freie Universität Berlin is named in her honor, as is an award that recognizes outstanding achievements in gender equality and gender research.

Margherita von Brentano studied philosophy and history as well as German and English philology in Berlin and later in Freiburg, where she also received her doctorate in 1948. In the years that followed she established and edited academic journals and worked as an editor for the German state broadcaster Südwestfunk in the early 1950s. There she founded Schulfunk, an educational radio program that under her leadership dealt extensively with the subject of National Socialism. In 1956 she took a position at the Institute of Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin. In 1970 she became the first woman to be elected vice president of Freie Universität Berlin, where she taught and researched as a professor until 1987.