Protest for educational equality

Social Balance

Disadvantages and inequalities continue to provoke discussions and protests, forcing society and politics into action. North Rhine-Westphalia is decidedly diverse – but opportunities are not always distributed fairly. From the boulevards of Düsseldorf with their luxury outlets to social hotspots in the suburbs of Essen and traditionally-minded villages in the Sauerland. Where a person comes from often decides what possibilities in life are open to them.

In this room, we show different aspects of social circumstances that can determine different paths through life.

At the desk and on the opposite side of the room, we detail the story of labour struggle and worker co-determination. Unions represent employees in negotiating with employers for social equity. They also support the fight for equal pay for men and women.

Beyond the desk, we turn our gaze to social inequality, poverty and homelessness, as well as the opportunities to escape these.

Along the length of the window, the subject is sport and its ability to transcend social barriers. Cheering for a common goal can bring together the most diverse of people.

Since the 1960s, the state has used new universities and forms of schooling to promote better access to higher education in order to reduce inequality. That history is related on the large table in the centre of the room.

Simply follow the tour and you will come across all of these different subjects.