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

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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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Contents

CHILDHOOD YEARS
1
STUDENT YEARS
15
MY STAY IN LONDON
33
THE EARLY YEARS OF MY PRACTICE
38
PLANNED MOTHERHOOD
46
THE CAMPAIGN FOR WOMAN SUFFRAGE
52
MY WORK ON BEHALF OF SALESGIRLS
66
MY INVOLVEMENT WITH PACIFISM AND ANTIMILITARISM
74
FROM 1905 TO 1911
138
A WORLD TOUR
151
FROM 1913 TO 1924
164
ALETTA JACOBS IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
179
A LITERARY AFTERWORD
197
ABBREVIATIONS
207
NOTES
209
BIBLIOGRAPHY
233

PROSTITUTION
100
MY UNION WITH CAREL VICTOR GERRITSEN
109

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