Special women

Women still frequently lack visibility in historical overviews, the academic world, politics, sport, the arts and culture. It is for that reason that Atria highlights the lives of women, who played or continue to play a distinctive role in society.
Below you will find a selection of Atria's publications along with other gems from the collection on this subject.

Uitvouwbaar boekje, ontwikkeld door Aletta Jacobs om haar vrouwelijke patiënten te informeren over het vrouwelijk lichaam (1899) Collectie IAV-Atria

The archives of the Netherlands’ most prominent feminist Aletta Jacobs have been included in the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register.

Rosa Manus

Who was Rosa Manus?

Rosa Manus (1881-1942) was an extremely energetic, internationally oriented feminist and activist. In 1935, she co-founded the International Archives for the Women’s Movement ( IAV), currently known as Atria.

Portret Simone Veil: Roland Godefroy / Wikimedia Commons

On June 30, 2017, the former French politician, Simone Veil, died at the age of 89. Veil is considered an icon in France in the struggle for women’s rights.

Eerste vrouwelijke burgemeester Smulders-Beliën en s’Jacob-des Bouvrie

Truus Smulders-Beliën is the first female mayor in The Netherlands in 1946.

Unforgettable Women: Hande Kader

On 12 August, the young Turkish transgender activist Hande Kader was found murdered in Zekeriyaköy, a suburb of Istanbul. The ferocity of her death caused a storm of protest and a call for more effective prevention and tackling of violence against LGBTI people.

Unforgettable Women: Human rights and environmental activist Berta Cáceres (1971-2016, Honduras)

Activist Berta Cáceres courageously dedicated her life to the struggle for human rights and the environment.

Qandeel Baloch

The Pakistani social media personality Qandeel Baloch (real name Fauzia Azeem) fought for women’s rights and the right to self-expression.

Clara Zetkin (1857-1933) Portret door Vrouwen Kunst Kollektief (VKK) collectie-IAV

On the 26th of August 1910, Clara Zetkin (1857-1933) made an appeal for an annual women's day, with general women's suffrage as the most important initial demand.

Aletta Jacobs olieverfschilderij van Isaac Israels © Collectie IAV - Atria

Letter and moving images discovered!

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.

Meer dan 10 miljoen handtekeningen: Rosa Manus organiseerde de grootste internationale petitie aller tijden 1932

Thanks to Rosa Manus’s extraordinary organizational talents and energy, more than 9 million signatures from 59 countries were collected on the petition articulating ‘women’s desire for peace’.

Portret Liesbeth Ribbius Peletier door Paul Citroen 1981 Archief collectie-IAV

This beautiful drawing of Ribbius Peletier is made by Paul Citroen. In 1932, Peletier gave the orders to build a women's training center (Vrouwen Vormingscentrum De Born) at her own cost.

Unforgettable Women: Ameera BinKaram

Ameera BinKaram was considered a role model for the empowerment of women in Sharjah, one of the United Arab Emirates. With her death, Sharjah has lost a fervent advocate for the emancipation of women.