In 2019 the Netherlands celebrates 100 years of universal voting rights. The Groninger Museum will pay homage to this historic occasion with Struggle! 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage. The exhibition will illustrate how years of activism ultimately resulted in victory for the women’s suffrage movement in the Netherlands: in 1919, a new law decreed both men and women had the right to vote.
The Groninger Museum show presents a detailed overview of the turbulent history of the struggle for women’s suffrage in the Netherlands, in which doctor Aletta Jacobs, from Groningen, played a prominent role. The exhibition shows the broad support the movement enjoyed throughout this country: after the Women’s Suffrage Association was founded in 1894, active chapters sprang up in even the smallest villages. The movement was not just a local phenomenon but a worldwide one, and Dutch activists were important partners in the international struggle. The show surveys the numerous developments around women’s suffrage over the years and demonstrates how the fight for gender equality continues today.
Through banners, photographs, cartoons, paintings and historical documents, Struggle! 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage illustrates how the activists fought for their cause. One highlight of the exhibition is a 1911 banner of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance made by the famous Stockholm textile association Handarbetets Vänner. Another is the article amending the law, on loan from the National Archives of the Netherlands.