Dr. Agnes Zahn-Harnack, von

Title: Dr.
Prename: Agnes
Surname: Zahn-Harnack, von
Name of birth: von Harnack
Profession: Historian, writer
Birthday: 06/19/1884
Place of birth: Giessen
Date of death: 05/22/1950
Place of death: Berlin
Married to: Dr. Karl von Zahn (1877-1944)
Profession husband: jurist, civil servant (Ministerialbeamter)
Children: Two children (Edward, born 1921; Margarete, born 1924)
Education: 1903 women teachers’ examination; 1908 university studies (theology, German, English) in Berlin; 1912 doctorate in Greifswald
Career: 1903–14 school teacher; from September 1914 National Women’s Service; 1916 directs women’s division of the Central War Office; 1918–24 returns to teaching; 1927–32 historical studies; editor of the *Bibliographie zur Frauenfrage* in cooperation with the Prussian State Library; 1933 resignation from all posts; writer; 1945 initiates reestablishment of Berlin women’s associations; 1949 honorary doctorate, University of Marburg
Memberships: Founding member and 1926–30 president, German Federation of University Women (DAB); from 1928 German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes); 1931–33 president of the Federation of German Women’s Associations (BDF); Protestant Social Association (Evangelisch-Soziale Vereinigung); 1919–33 German Democratic Party (DDP); until 1934 International Federation of University Women (IFUW) delegate and member of the IFUW Conference Committee; 1945 founding member, Wilmersdorf Women’s Union (Wilmersdorfer Frauenbund, later Berliner Frauenbund 1945); initiates academic commission of the Wilmersdorfer Frauenbund and reestablishment of the DAB; 1949 founding member of the Working Group of Berlin Women’s Associations (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Berliner Frauenverbände)
Biographical literature: Irene Stoehr, “Agnes von Zahn-Harnack,” in *Frauenpolitik und politisches Wirken von Frauen im Berlin der Nachkriegszeit 1945–1949*, ed. Renate Genth, Reingard Jäkl, Rita Pawlowski, and Ingrid Schmidt-Harzbach (Berlin: Trafo, 1996), 348–58; Hans Cymorek and Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, “Agnes von Zahn-Harnack (1884–1950),” in *Frauenprofile des Luthertums. Lebensgeschichten im 20. Jahrhundert*, ed. Inge Mager (Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlags-Haus, 2005), 202–51; Gisa Bauer, *Kulturprotestantismus und frühe bürgerliche Frauenbewegung in Deutschland. Agnes von Zahn-Harnack (1884-1950*) (Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2006); [*Neue Deutsche Biographie*, "Agnes Zahn-Harnack"](http://www.deutsche-biographie.de/sfz26919.html)
Major works: *Die arbeitende Frau* (Breslau: Hirt, 1924); *Die Frauenbewegung. Geschichte, Probleme, Ziele* (Berlin: Deutsche Buch-Gemeinschaft, 1928); *Die Frauenfrage in Deutschland* (Munich: Saur, 1934); *Adolf von Harnack* (Berlin: Bott, 1936); “Geschichte des Deutschen Akademikerinnenbundes, 1926–1933” (1948), in *Agnes von Zahn-Harnack. Schriften und Reden, 1914-1950*, ed. Marga Anders and Ilse Reicke (Tübingen: Hopfer, 1964), 7