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In the footsteps of Aletta Jacobs

Aletta Jacobs

Aletta Jacobs was the first woman in the Netherlands to register at a university as a regular student, on 20 April 1871. Now, 150 years later, the UG honours her with ‘the Aletta Year’. Part of the celebration is this series of interviews and articles about remarkable and inspiring alumnae of our university. During the Aletta Year we will publish one interview every week.

'European law has changed a lot for women'
'European law has changed a lot for women'

Sacha Prechal, judge at the European Court of Justice

'It seemed only logical to me that people should be equal'
'It seemed only logical to me that people should be equal'

Renske Leijten, member of the House of Representatives for the Socialistische Partij (SP)

'I will be drawing on my history as an athlete for the rest of my life. It’s a common thread.'
'I will be drawing on my history as an athlete for the rest of my life. It’s a common thread.'

Karin Kienhuis, elite athlete and regional director Alfa College

'I’ve always made my best decisions on impulse'.
'I’ve always made my best decisions on impulse'.

Izaline Calister, singer, songwriter, and band leader

'The women in my family are my example'
'The women in my family are my example'

Cisca Wijmenga, Rector magnificus UG

‘As a woman scientist, I am fighting against prejudices’
‘As a woman scientist, I am fighting against prejudices’

Hinke Osinga, Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Auckland

‘I am leaving the consultation room, but staying at the barricades.’
‘I am leaving the consultation room, but staying at the barricades.’

Angela Maas, Professor of Cardiology for Women at the Radboud UMC

‘If you have a bad feeling about something, don’t ignore it.’
‘If you have a bad feeling about something, don’t ignore it.’

Ymkje Clevering, top athlete, Olympic Medal winner and European champion rowing

‘I take care of the business and my sister takes care of the successors!’
‘I take care of the business and my sister takes care of the successors!’

Marlies van Wijhe, CEO Koninklijke Van Wijhe Verf B.V.

‘Throughout my career, I’ve often been the first or only woman’
‘Throughout my career, I’ve often been the first or only woman’

Winnie Sorgdrager, Minister of State, former minister, civil servant

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