Talk FEminine Identity 2.0

My great-grandmother Ada Beets painted by Bart Peizel, 1941.

This time my presentation Feminine Identity focussed on the history of civilization and it was the right opportunity to rehabilitate my great-grandmother Ada Beets. As the youngest daughter of the famous Victorian pastor, writer, poet, professor Nicolaas Beets she was not allowed to leave the house alone because of her love for a boy who had not been approved by her father. Her father was a celebrated Dutchman, he was a respected preacher and teacher and close with the royal family. He was knows as charming and liberal but was not able to let his daughter make her own decisions. Her upbringing influenced subsequently that of her children, grandchildren and even her great-grandchildren. It became not easier for me, I was brought up by a mother who was overprotected, prude and dogmatic. And I am sure she suffered a lot under frustrations, not been able to develop and use her talents. had to figure it all out by myself, there was no one who stimulated and supported me to develop my talents. Like so many other women during history I would have to struggle all my life to be free…

This talk took place at Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, The Netherlands on the 28th of November 2021.