Aletta H. Jacobs Papers

Documentary heritage submitted by the Netherlands and the United States of America and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2017.

Aletta Jacobs (1854–1929) was the first female doctor in the Netherlands with a university doctorate in medicine, was of one of the many Jewish activists and a leading figure in the International Woman Suffrage Alliance. She used her position as a medical doctor to fight for women’s social and political rights. The collection contains letters from famous American and British suffragists such as Susan B. Anthony, Ann Howard Shaw, Jane Addams and Emmeline Pankhurst, the Aletta Jacobs Papers reveal a life full of international political activism and travel in Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia.

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