Memories: My Life as an International Leader in Health, Suffrage, and Peace / Edition 1

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   The first of Aletta Jacobs's major works available in English, Memories introduces American readers to a remarkable woman-a key Dutch feminist who herself broke new ground, and who worked alongside world-renowned leaders in the progressive movements of the early twentieth century.

   Aletta Jacobs learned to lvoe the medical profession from her physician father, who took her on his rounds. Despite a sex-segregated education system, she became the nations's first woman to earn a medical degree. Jacobs's experiences as a doctor led her to pioneering health care reforms for prostitutes and saleswomen, as well as campaigns for the acceptance and availability of reliable birth control.

   Aletta Jacob's career included equally remarkable achievements in the international woman's suffrage and peace movements, where she worked closely with U.S. activists Jane Addams and Carrie Chapman Catt. Jacobs and Catt made frequent lecture tours together, culminating in a tour of Africa and Asia that combined avid sightseeing with speaking engagements in every country they visited.

   In Memories, Jacobs recounts all of these experiences, and spiritedly imparts her opinions-such as her disdain for the customs that restricted women to theater balcony seats and chastised them for walking alone at night. By turns witty, impassioned, and poignant, Memories brings to life a time of enormous changes for women-and one of the women who helped bring about the changes. 


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Jacobs 1854-1929 was the first woman to receive a medical degree in Holland. Based on her experiences obtaining that education and treating women patients, she became a national and international leader in the campaigns for birth control, the women's world peace movement, and women's suffrage. Among the women she worked with were Jane Addams and Carrie Chapman Catt. Her autobiography, published in Dutch in 1924, appears here for the first time in English. The editor English, Univ. of Massachusetts has extensively footnoted the very readable translation to clarify some of the statements Jacobs makes, identify the people she mentions, and explain organizations or practices that may not be familiar to the modern reader. This is an excellent book for the general reader and a valuable contribution to collections of European feminist history.Linda L. McEwan, Elgin Community Coll., Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558611382
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Translator's Note
Foreword (1924)
Ch. 1 Childhood Years 1
Ch. 2 Student Years 15
Ch. 3 My Stay in London 33
Ch. 4 The Early Years of My Practice 38
Ch. 5 Planned Motherhood 46
Ch. 6 The Campaign for Woman Suffrage 52
Ch. 7 My Work on Behalf of Salesgirls 66
Ch. 8 My Involvement with Pacifism and Antimilitarism 74
Ch. 9 Prostitution 100
Ch. 10 My Union with Carel Victor Gerritsen 109
Ch. 11 From 1905 to 1911 138
Ch. 12 A World Tour 151
Ch. 13 From 1913 to 1924 164
Aletta Jacobs in Historical Perspective 179
Patterns of Remembrance: A Literary Afterword 197
Abbreviations 207
Notes 209
Bibliography 233
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