and in 1915 helped organised the International Women's Peace Conference in Switzerland. She did not agree with the Social Democratic Party suspending strikes and political activism for the war so continued her journey to the left joining the Sparticus League, and was arrested several times during this period for opposing the war. In 1919 the Weimar republic included complete women's suffrage in the country's new constitution."When the men kill, it is up to us women to fight for the preservation of life. When the men are silent, it is our duty to raise our voices in behalf of our ideals."
Woman tractor driver
Clara was elected to the Reichstag in 1920 as a member of the KPD (German Communist Party) and continued her campaign for equality for all but she was also a life-long anti-racist amongst other things
taking part in the international protests against the Jim Crow laws in the USA. In 1932 as the oldest member of parliament she was entitled to open the parliament's first session. She took the opportunity to make a speech denouncing the policies of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. With the burning of the Reichstag in February 1933 Hitler suspended all civil liberties and she went into exile again, this time to the Soviet Union where she died in the June. She is buried by the wall of the Kremlin in Moscow.
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