The Master's thesis „‚Sie haben uns als notwendiges Übel akzeptiert. Women in the ÖGB in consideration of the Styrian Trade Union Department for Women's Affairs and the trade unionists Erna Minder and Hilde Aluani“ deals with the political (union official) work of women in the Austrian Federation of Trade Unions (ÖGB) on the basis of a regional example. The basic assumption was that the ÖGB has a problematic relationship to women due to its historical context of origin. However, the structural, personnel and substantial representation of female ÖGB members has improved, especially from the 1970s onwards.To prove this assumption two methodological approaches were used: The trade union discourse concerning the unionization of women was analysed on the basis of relevant sources. A central aspect was how union officials dealt with this initial situation. The research focuses mainly on the policy and activities of, firstly, the ÖGB women from 1970 till 1990 and, secondly, the Styrian Trade Union Department for Women's Affairs from its establishment in 1953 until 1999. Additionally, by using the method of “oral history”, interviews with the Styrian union officials Erna Minder and Hilde Aluani were conducted, which added the dimensions of personal memories and experiences to the analysed discourse.It can be concluded that the entrenchment of women within the Austrian Federation of Trade Unions has constantly improved on a structural, personnel and substantial level. Key reasons for this change, which has become increasingly important since the 1970s, were the growing number of female ÖGB members, political impulses by second-wave feminism and the period of Bruno Kreisky's government, as well as goal-directed activities of individual female and male unionists.