THE HAGUE – Hundreds of women have this afternoon the prohibition of the Hague mayor to take action for the establishment of equal rights for women ignored surreptitiously. There was a silent rally 'at Parliament Buildings, before the start of the general debate, but a real demonstration was no.

Women's rights activists the day after the Throne Speech would again draw attention to their struggle for the constitutional equality of men and women and in particular the introduction of women's suffrage.

But Mayor Of Karnebeek gave permission for a demonstration on or around the Courtyard. According to the mayor would be "the gentlemen of the House find it so unpleasant, if they are not unnoticed could go to work. "

On a request to keep the action in a different place, did not leave the church.

The solution came from the police. The police chief said that the women were allowed to stabbing the Courtyard, to leave immediately on the other side.


At the beginning of the afternoon some three hundred women came together in the restaurant of the Two Cities, not far from the Courtyard.

After a speech to the women in small groups headed towards Parliament Buildings, there anyway to keep a sort of march for equal rights. Among those present were known advocates for women as Wilhelmina Drucker, Josephine Baerveldt-Gardens, Verwey and Henriette Annette Versluys-Poelman.

"Leaders ensured few yards between space between each group. Police stopped along the buildings a few hundred onlookers at a distance and let the ladies along the Courtyard Building and behind the Knights to walk. Groups of MPs saw the entrance of the parliament building and the windows pass the ladies'

(Tilburg Courant, 18-09-1913)

How many women marching is not clear. The number must be somewhere between three hundred and one thousand. In total stakes there 47 groups Binnenhof.

The demonstrators did not mention. However, some women wore white scarves with the text "Constitutional equality between man and woman" and a black and white bow. Also why there are cars around town with such texts.

Prior to the meeting, Wilhelmina Drucker had already had a brief conversation with Minister Cort van der Linden of the Interior. He received a petition with the demands of women. He referred to the speech, where yesterday what promises were made about the electoral law.

Wilhelmina said during the throne step, that there was a constitutional amendment "to achieve universal suffrage and removal of barriers to women's suffrage.’ And that was the first.

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king's speech

Last night the women arrived together to discuss the Queen's Speech. Despite the historic words of Queen Wilhelmina was a lot of dissatisfaction with the pre-election this summer. When did much (only male) Politicians promise the introduction of women's suffrage, without being specifically.

currently has 65 percent of male suffrage. There is now legally established that a voter to pay tax, must have savings, an examination should have or should have a certain wage. Women are anyway postponed from voting.

In the throne speech was indeed said that the electoral law again must be reformed. But the women are afraid that politics is so divided that it may take years before women's suffrage is introduced.

Hoe ging het verder:

It took a while before the 'constitutional equality between men and women’ was arranged. Pas in 1922, Almost ten years later, women were allowed for the first time to the polls.

The election law has been adapted within a few years. The biggest difference is that all men over the 25 year could vote. Also there was eligibility. This meant that there could be voted on women, but that women themselves were not allowed to vote.

Women were thus still dependent on men for a place in parliament. Only one woman in parliament took 1917, Suze Groeneweg and that was once based on the place on the ballot instead of the number of preferential votes.

Maar in 1922 women were allowed for the first time yourself votes. So did Queen Wilhelmina, which before so had no right to vote.

The above story is part of the series of stories History Month 2018. The theme this year Uprising. In this story, women stand up for their own rights and let them not be stopped. And certainly not by men.


Leeuwarder Courant – 18-09-1913 – Vrouwenbetooging Hague

Haagsche Courant – 18-09-1913 – The betooging for Woman

Rotterdamsch newspaper – 18-09-1913 – outback

Bataavsch newspaper – 19-09-1913 – Woman Suffrage Demonstration

Foundation Wilhelmina Drucker Foundation – Silent betooging Hague

Author: Dave Datema

published: 01-10-2018

story number: 214

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