Berlin has rightfully earned a place amongst some of the coolest cities in Europe, but go just beyond the 24-hour night club scene and modern molecular restaurants, and you’ll experience a dark history that lingers around nearly every corner of the city. From patched gun holes to facades of buildings that were bombed in the war, public plaques marking the location of hangings, and the path that once held the Berlin wall—there are stark historical reminders everywhere you look.
Today, however, Berlin grapples with a different set of hotbed issues. Residents are firmly refusing rental increases and the city is currently navigating the murky political waters as long-time Prime Minister Angela Merkel vows to makes her exit before the year 2021. Women’s equality is firmly at the forefront of these issues and the city has made some recent advancements that help to underscore their dedication of the cause.
Local parliament recently declared that International Women’s Day, March 8, would be, for the first time in history, observed as a public holiday for Germany’s capital city. On March 18th, 2019, Berlin’s public transportation system, the BVG, implemented reduced transit tickets for women to draw attention to the fact that Germany’s 21 percent pay gap is the third largest in Europe, only behind Czech Republic and Estonia.
While the spirit of resistance will likely always have a firm grasp on Berlin, it’s a city that is now home to communities from a diverse range of backgrounds, many of which are able to unite and celebrate the success of women as they reach for their rightful positions in tech, art, culture and beyond.
This feminist city guide includes some of most exciting women-run business, LGBTQI+ friendly locations and feminist historical destinations in the city.