In the nineteenth century, the contours of a feminist political movement became visible. Feminism became an official concept and the first feminist wave began in 1850. The spearheads of the women's movement were equality in education, labor and electoral rights.
Women's suffrageWomen's suffrage was an important spearhead of the women's movement. Aletta Jacobs is seen as one of the most important champions in the Netherlands (and beyond) for women's suffrage. The fight for women's suffrage started in the nineteenth century, but it took until the beginning of the twentieth century before women's suffrage was officially introduced in The Netherlands.
FeminismFeminism is a word that comes from French. It is derived from the Latin word line 'femina', which means 'woman'. As far as we know, the words 'féminisme' and 'féminist' in the Netherlands and France were first used in 1872 by a letter from the Dutch feminist pioneer Mina Kruseman to the French writer Alexandre Dumas. In the late nineteenth century, feminism became an officially used term.
Feminism in the 19th century
Women’s emancipation in the Dutch East Indies
‘Door duisternis tot licht’ (Through darkness to the light) is the story of Raden Adjeng Kartini (1879-1904).Read more
Watercolours in a crate
Rosa Manus and Mia Boissevain took the initiative for the exhibition ‘Woman 1813-1913’ that took place at the country estate ‘Meerhuyzen’ in the current Amstelveen. For the organization of the exhibition, they established de Vereeniging Tentoonstelling ‘De Vrouw 1813-1913′ on the 22nd of May 1912. They had less than a year to organize the exhibition. […]Read more
This is part of a heavily damaged charter, dated 1855, but almost certainly made later. The Ladies-committee mentioned in this charter, however, did exist. In the ‘Tijdschrift uitgegeven van wege de Nederlandsche Maatschappij ter bevordering van de afschaffing der slavernij’ (Magazine of the Dutch Union for the promotion of the abolishment of slavery) the ‘Ladies-committee for the […]Read more