For many years, women’s participation in employment has been a key objective of the Dutch gender equality policy. Only slightly more than half of all woman have achieved financial independence, the average wage difference between women and men is nearly 18% and women’s weekly working hours have hardly increased over the past few years. Moreover, there are still too few women in top positions.

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

Stationswerk bordje

In the south of the Netherlands - the catholic part - this placard could be found hanging in the bus. The placard was prominently displayed next to the driver, along with the placards 'First-Aid kit in the front' and 'Please do not talk to the driver'. Furthermore, many volunteering women with...

Detail ansichtkaart van Louise Yda voor  de Nationale tentoonstelling van Vrouwenarbeid 1898

In 1898, the journalist Elise Haighton wrote: ‘The Column-commission thought that it would be nice, by means of illustration, to bring over a real Surinam woman who could chat a little bit with everybody while selling some preserves, a glass of juice or a cigar’. The woman in the picture is Louise...

Nationaal Bureau Vrouwenarbeid.jpg

In 1901 the Nationaal Bureau voor Vrouwenarbeid (National bureau for women’s labor) was founded. The bureau was funded by the 20,000 guilder profit that was realized by the National Exhibition on Women’s labor in 1898. The bureau’s main aim was ' to explore, enlarge and improve the labor market for...

Topvrouwen © Anja Robertus, Collectie IAV - Atria

Women on boards

Summary of report Women on boards; highlights of effective policies across the EU.

Turkse vrouwen staken voor betere werkomstandigheden, foto: Nertien van Manen 1978

In 1978, the photographer Bertien van Manen captured the lives of female immigrant workers. Among other things, she photographed the first ever strike of Turkish women in the Netherlands at a chicken factory in Almelo. The working conditions of the employees were extremely poor. The women had to...