Gender-fair education in Austria

Renate Seebauer und Johann Göttel, Europahaus Burgenland, Austria

As this article shows, the desire for a gender-fair school is not new. In the 19th century issues of equal access rights for girls and women to educational institutions became the focus of attention. From the 1980s onwards – as a consequence of various inves­tigations into the differences between girls/women and boys/men – the demand of a gender-fair school emerged. The ‘Treaty of Amsterdam’ (1999) laid down gender mainstreaming as a joint task with the firm commitment to the implementation in the Member States of the European Union. Some of the initiatives outlined in this article are to be understood as a long-running issue, others, however, result from demands on the world of employment or are a consequence of demographic changes.

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