As we observe International Women’s Day, we should also acknowledge the contributions of Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929), the first Dutch woman physician, who assembled, with her husband Carl Gerritsen, the first great library collection related to the history of women.
Although the scope of the Gerritsen Collection of Women’s History Online extends from the 16th to mid-20th century, its depth and strength lies in its coverage of the women’s suffrage and labor movements from 1880-1930. It includes nearly every US suffrage and anti-suffrage publication, as well as very strong collections from the UK and Western Europe. It is also rich in collections that reflect Jacobs’s work in the international peace movement, international woman’s movement, and woman’s health.
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