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Cross of Merit for Women and Girls
Ehrenkreuz für Frauen und Jungfrauen
Erekruis voor Vrouwen en Maagden 1871.jpg
Awarded by King of Prussia
Country  Prussia
Eligibility Prussian women and girls
Awarded for self-sacrificing work for the good of the fighting troops and their families
Campaign Franco-Prussian War
Total awarded 2979
Related Iron Cross

The Cross of Merit for Women and Girls (Ehrenkreuz für Frauen und Jungfrauen) was created on 22 March 1871 by Kaiser Wilhelm I, Emperor of Germany, in his capacity as King of Prussia. The award was presented only to women, but was not a Ladies Order in the most narrow sense. Women and girls were awarded at the request of Empress Augusta, and the award was bestowed by the Kaiser.

Description of the award

The appearance and shape is very similar to the Iron Cross, but on the obverse at the junction of the arms is an emblem of the Red cross. On the reverse there is the royal crown above the intertwined monograms "A" and "W" and the date of 1870–1871. The cross was worn from suspended by a bow on the left chest. The ribbon is the same as that of the Iron Cross for non-combattants, white with black stripes at the edge.


  • Maximilian Gritzner: Handbuch der Ritter- und Verdienstorden aller Kulturstaaten der Welt. Weber, Leipzig 1893 (Nachdruck: Reprint-Verlag Leipzig, Holzminden 2000, ISBN 3-8262-0705-X).

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