For research on the history of women’s organizations, the development of feminist thought, and the struggle for women’s rights, we have a fantastic new resource: the Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs.
Aletta Jacobs was a Dutch physician and feminist who, along with her husband C.V. Gerritsen, began collecting information on women’s issues in the late 1800s. Those works have now been digitized, allowing instant access to this unique collection of rare books, periodicals, and other primary sources. Overall, the collection contains more than 4,500 publications from the U.S., the U.K., Canada, New Zealand, and continental Europe.
Widely considered the definitive cross-cultural resource for information on women’s history, the Gerritsen Collection spans more than four centuries and 15 languages and includes over two million scanned pages. Trace the evolution of feminism within a single country, as well as the impact of that country’s feminist movement on other countries and their movements.