Feminism then and now

Feminism is alive and well, and is once again part of the social debate in the media, at universities and at the workplace. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, women protested against their exclusion from education and employment, which culminated in the fight for female suffrage. The period from the 1960s through the 1980s was dominated by themes such as abortion, paid and unpaid work and sexual violence. In the Netherlands, Dolle Mina is the best-known feminist action group of that era.

Below you will find a selection of Atria's publications along with other gems from the collection on this subject.

Cécile Frenkel-de Jong van Beek en Donk

In 1897, this top Dutch feminist best-seller came out: Hilda van Suylenburg by C. Goedkoop-de Jong van Beek en Donk. By 1919 it got to its eighth edition.

Vrouwen voeren propaganda voor vrouwenkiesrecht in Amsterdam, 15 februari 1914 © onbekend Collectie IAV-Atria

In 1917, exactly a century ago, women in the Netherlands were granted the passive right to vote. It was only in 1919 that women were given the active right to vote, which allowed them to participate in electing a candidate.

Foto uit een affiche voor de actie: 'geen jaar, maar een leven voor de vrouw'. Het jaar 1975 © Ellen Foppe Collectie IAV

Dolle Mina was a left-wing radical feminist activist group, established in December 1969. Their aim was to improve women’s rights through playful and humorous protest demonstrations.

MARA, tijdschrift voor feminisme en theologie. Het archief van de redactie berust bij Atria.

Religions are probably the most persistent patriarchal strongholds. Within all religions, women have always offered resistance to the male perspective and the exclusion of women. vaandel van de katholieke vrouwenbeweging. banner of the catholic women's movement As of the 1970s - during the so-...

Door duisternis tot licht. Gedachten over en voor het Javaanshe volk. Collectie-IAV

'Door duisternis tot licht' (Through darkness to the light) is the story of Raden Adjeng Kartini (1879-1904). She was an aristocratic woman from Java in the former Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), who learned to speak Dutch well. This was rather unusual for Javan women in that time. This enabled her...

Judy Chicago The Dinner Party (Laatste avondemaal)

The first time I heard about 'The Dinner Party'  of Judy Chicago,  it must have been in the 90's. I imagined the dinner party as a women's version of the classic 'Last Supper' theme paintings, such as the one of Michelangelo in the church of Milan .

moving lesbians filmteasers oral history

Atria produced the Moving Lesbians series that is based on the life stories of five Dutch lesbians, who greatly contributed to the visibility and emancipation of Dutch lesbian women from the 1960s onwards.

Press clipping with stork from Aletta Jacobs archive

Atria's archive on Aletta Jacobs, the Netherlands’ most famous and prominent feminist, has been nominated for UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme.

F-Lab over feminisme en islam met Amina Wadud © Jaap Beyleveld

Special guest Amina Wadud entered dialogue with approximately 20 feminist opinion leaders and publicists.