Today is Aletta Jacobs’ birthday. In 1871, Aletta was 17 years old when she decided to write to the minister of education for permission to study medicine. Girls were not allowed at Uni in those days. Aletta’s wish was granted and she enrolled, as the first girl student in Dutch history.
ALETTA WAS A FIGHTER FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS
After her graduation Aletta spent some time in Britain and then returned to the Netherlands to become the first female physician there. She focused on issues like accessible health care for the lower class and birth control. She also kept fighting for the right to vote for women, until the end of her life in 1929.