Friday, November 27, 2009

In History: Wilhelmina Drucker

This is the second post in a new weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at)


Wilhelmina Drucker, pioneer for women's rights,
is portrayed by Truus Claes in 1917

on the occasion of her seventieth birthday. (source)

Wilhelmina Drucker was born Sept. 30, 1847, and died Dec. 5, 1925, at age 78. Drucker founded the organization Vrije Vrouwen Vereeniging (Free Women’s Association), which fought for legal, economic and political equality for women and was considered one of the important early groups in the organized women’s movement in the Netherlands. She opposed the idea that women are intended only for childbearing and care and was committed to the position of unmarried mothers (her mother was not married) and she advocated for a free supply of contraceptives. The feminist activist group Dolle Mina, founded in 1969, named itself after Drucker.

There is a statue (photo here) of Drucker in Amsterdam at the Churchillaan, and there's a very cool photo of Dolle Mina members in the 1970s at the statue, burning corsets. The International Information Centre and Archives for the Women's Movement (IIAV, soon to be Alleta), has an academic chair position named after Drucker (and they will be marking the 40th anniversary of Dolle Mina next month).


A demonstration on Jan. 31, 1971, in front of the statue. (source)

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