Elisabeth Motschmann

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Elisabeth Motschmann (2014)

Elisabeth Charlotte Motschmann (* 13. October 1952 as Elisabeth Charlotte Baroness Düsterlohe in Lübeck ) is a German politician and member of parliament of the CDU . There she is media policy spokeswoman for the CDU parliamentary group . She was the top candidate of the CDU Bremen for the federal election on September 24, 2017 .


Family, education and work

Elisabeth Motschmann is the middle of three children of Friedrich-Karl Baron von Düsterlohe (* 1914) and his wife Renate, b. Cramer (born 1927). Motschmann passed her Abitur in 1971 at the Hochrad grammar school in Hamburg-Othmarschen . From 1972 to 1975 she studied theology , Romance languages and education at the University of Hamburg and the University of Kiel . She then worked as a freelance journalist and publicist until 1993 . Motschmann published mainly on family and women's issues and wrote reports from the Third World . From 1986 to 1991 she worked as a freelancer for NDR and from 1986 to 1993 for the radio clock of the Axel Springer publishing house .

Motschmann has been married to the Protestant theologian Jens Motschmann since 1971 , has three children with him and is a grandmother eight times. She came to Bremen in 1987 after her husband received the pastor's position in the Bremen inner city church of St. Martini . Since then she has lived in Bremen with her family.


Video presentation (2014)

Political party

Motschmann became a member of the CDU in the 1970s and between 1977 and 1987 was a member of the CDU district executive in Steinburg (Itzehoe), deputy state chairwoman of the women's union in Schleswig-Holstein and a member of the CDU state executive in Schleswig-Holstein (1977-1981 ). After moving to Bremen, she was deputy chairwoman of the state CDU in Bremen from 1990 to 2006, and in 2006 she became chairwoman of the state committee of the CDU Bremen . Since November 2012 she has been deputy state chairwoman of the CDU Bremen. Since December 2012 she has been a member of the federal executive committee of the CDU in Germany.

In March 2013, Elisabeth Motschmann was elected the top candidate of the CDU Bremen for the election of the 18th German Bundestag and constituency candidate in constituency 54 . In 2015 she was the top candidate of the CDU for the Bremen citizenship elections in 2015 , but renounced the citizenship in favor of her Bundestag mandate. In March 2017, she was re-elected as the top candidate for the 2017 federal election and as a direct candidate in constituency 54 (Bremen I).


Candidate poster for the state elections in Bremen 1995 (from left: Catrin Hannken , Sibylle Winther , Elisabeth Motschmann)

Motschmann was from October 14, 1991 to July 8, 1999 for the first time a member of the Bremen citizenship and deputy chairman of the CDU citizenship faction. In 1999 she became State Councilor at the Senator for Home Affairs, Sport and Culture. From 2003 to 2007 she was State Councilor at the Senator for Culture. From June 7, 2007 she was again a member of the Bremen citizenship. She was represented in the committees for citizen participation, civic engagement and advisory boards (city), for science, media, data protection and freedom of information, for equality for women and in the petitions committee (country and city) as well as in the state deputation for culture.

Motschmann was the CDU Bremen's top candidate for the 2013 federal election and was elected to the 18th German Bundestag via the CDU's state list . In the 2017 federal election, Motschmann was re-elected to the German Bundestag. She is the spokesperson for culture and media for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group.

Elisabeth Motschmann has been a member of the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly since 2019 .

Women politics

For many years, Motschmann advocated voluntary commitment to implement a higher proportion of women on supervisory boards of companies in Germany. In February 2011 she stated that if after ten years of voluntary work there were still no visible changes, then one simply had to state that the project had failed. Therefore, she speaks out in favor of the statutory regulation of a quota for women in company supervisory boards in the private sector.

Since 2009 Motschmann has been calling for women to take part in the traditional Schaffermahlzeit in Bremen, where not only captains but also leading personalities from Bremen companies and their guests are represented. In the 21st century, the exclusion of women on such and comparable occasions is an anachronism . For the first time, female guests were invited to the 471st Schaffermahlzeit in 2015 by a resolution by Haus Seefahrt “as high-ranking, external representatives of companies, countries and institutes”.

Other memberships

Among other things, Motschmann is a member


as an author
  • Faecal language, sex instruction, and propaganda for abortion. Scandalous conditions at Pro Familia . A study by the deputy chairperson of the collection of Confessing Evangelical Women, Elisabeth Motschmann, Itzehoe, on publications by the German Society for Sexual Counseling and Family Planning. IDEA , Wetzlar 1983.
  • Openly asked - openly answered. Personal life coaching. Zeitjournal-Verlag, Berlin 1988, ISBN 3-927390-01-1 .
  • But I want to be happy ... Hänssler, Neuhausen-Stuttgart 1989, ISBN 3-7751-1418-1 .
  • Loyalty and Forgiveness - Marriage Crisis Management. Lecture by the Protestant religious educator and life support counselor Elisabeth Motschmann (Bremen) at a marriage seminar of the White Cross in the Krelingen Spiritual Armaments Center. IDEA, Wetzlar 1990.
  • The longing for lost happiness. Personal advice on important life issues. Schulte & Gerth, Asslar 1993, ISBN 3-89437-229-X .
as editor
  • Female diplomacy. Women in Foreign Policy . 1st edition. Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau 2018, ISBN 978-3-451-38092-1 .
  • Fathers today. Men discover their role as a father. 2nd Edition. Hänssler, Neuhausen-Stuttgart 1988, ISBN 3-7751-1208-1 .
  • "Only" a housewife? Have time for the future of our children. 5th, expanded and revised edition. Hänssler, Neuhausen-Stuttgart 1991, ISBN 3-7751-1354-1 .
  • ... and suddenly the grandchildren are there. 2nd Edition. Hänssler, Neuhausen-Stuttgart 1991, ISBN 3-7751-1419-X .

See also


  • Genealogical handbook of baronial houses. Series B, Volume 8 (= Genealogical Handbook of the Nobility , Volume 79). CA Starke Verlag, Limburg an der Lahn 1982, pp. 44–56, especially p. 47
  • Michael Weisser : curious: think! - Interviews and dialogues on artistic-creative and non-linear thinking with personalities from culture, science, business and politics. The | QR | Edition, Murnau 2016, therein: Interview with the cultural politician Elisabeth Motschmann p. 214f, ISBN 978-3-95765-070-2

Web links

Commons : Elisabeth Motschmann  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. See article Motschmann, Jens. In: Walter Habel (founder): Who is who? The German who's who. 36th edition. Schmidt-Römhild Verlag, Lübeck 1997, ISBN 3-7950-2021-2 , p. 991.
  2. http://medienpolitik.eu/medienpolitiker/bundestagsfraktionen-medienpolit-sprecher/
  3. a b Cf. Homepage of Elisabeth Motschmann >>  Vita. In: motschmann.net. 2013, archived from the original on February 2, 2018 ; accessed on July 21, 2017 .
  4. Elisabeth Motschmann >>  Biography. (No longer available online.) In: bundestag.de. 2013, archived from the original on April 27, 2017 ; accessed on July 21, 2017 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.bundestag.de
  5. a b Reinhard Bingener: Outbreak from the world of ruffled blouses. In: FAZ.net . May 6, 2015, accessed July 21, 2017 .
  6. CDU state association Bremen - Motschmann and Hornhues lead the CDU state list in Bremen. In: cdu-bremen.de. Retrieved March 29, 2017 .
  7. "For years I have relied on voluntarism - and unfortunately I was wrong" . In: Bremer Anzeiger . February 2, 2011.
  8. Schaffer meal with or without women. In: motschmann.net . July 2009, updated January 9, 2010. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  9. Frauke Fischer: Women made it . In: Weser-Kurier of July 11, 2014, p. 7.
  10. Elisabeth Motschmann's website: “Pastoral not justifiable.” ( Memento of October 17, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) In: taz bremen . June 23, 2008.
  11. About us. Board of Trustees. ( Memento from April 12, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) In: Foundation Yes to Life . Retrieved December 12, 2012.