Ilse Schmitt - telecommunications inspector
"Societies that let women work and contribute have stronger economies”, …
... That is Ilse Schmitt’s point of view. Born in 1936, she is one of the first female telecommunications inspectors for the German Federal Post Office in Nuremberg. She has 40 years of professional life behind her and has been able to experience the rapid development in data transmission technology, while working in the midst of a world dominated by men.
Without studying engineering, she was given the chance to switch from a job in the hand-operated telecommunications office toone in technology - a blessing for the 20-year-old woman, who found her place there and took on more and more responsibilities. At the same time, she was a wife and mother, who left the upbringing of her son to her father-in-law, thus solving a dilemma that caused many women a permanent guilty consciencein those days.
Despite the difficulties, she did her job with pride, and became a self-determined and cosmopolitan woman. Now, in her retirement, she dedicates herself to her two granddaughters, so that her daughter-in-law can pursue her own profession.
text: © Susanne Auer, Frauen in der Einen Welt
photos: © Marianne Meschendörfer, Frauen in der Einen Welt
Translation from the original German: Steffen Meyer