Katrin Beinhold in The Female Factor at the New York Times writes that In Germany, a Tradition Falls, and Women Rise as all-day schooling spreads in a school system traditionally marked by half-day schools:
“This is a taboo we just can’t afford anymore; the country needs women to be able to both work and have children,” said Ursula von der Leyen, the German labor minister. A mother of seven and doctor-turned-politician, she baffles housewives and childless career women alike, not to mention many men in her Christian Democratic Union.
The spread of all-day schooling in Germany, a trend she considers “irreversible,” is a sign of the times, Ms. von der Leyen said in an interview. “The 21st century belongs to women.”