Dolle Mina

'Dolle Mina's' [Women's Lib] demonstrating for the right of birth control and abortion showing their bellies with the slogan 'baas in eigen buik' [woman's right to choose]. Utrecht, 14 March 1970.

dolle mina


Interviewers: Nienke, Poortvliet, Marijke Naezer, Mieke Aerts, Barbara Henkes


Number of interviews: 8

Dolle Mina was a left-wing, radical feminist action group. Despite the formal rights women had, there was still a lot of injustice and disadvantage. Through playful actions, they wanted to improve women’s rights. Their sources of inspiration were campaigning women in the US and the Maagdenhuis occupation in Amsterdam. The action group took its name from the nickname of women’s campaigner Wilhelmina Drucker. This combative feminist of the first hour was nicknamed ‘Iron Mina’. Wilhelmina Drucker pursued the same goals as the action group a century earlier.


ATRIA -> Dolle Mina

Red women


red women

Interviewer: Irene Pronk


Number of interviews: 8



Oral History interviews with eight women who played important roles in the Red Women and women’s training centre De Born


For brief descriptions of the interviewees see the website van Artria

Women’s relief work


Women’s relief work

Interviewer: Josien Pieterse


Number of interviews: 8



Amsterdam (3)

Rotterdam (2)

Amersfoort (1)

Haaften (1)

Oral history interviews with feminists who pioneered women’s mental and physical health care.


For brief descriptions of the interviewees, see the website van Artria

Oral history of the second feminist wave in Flanders

Stem vrouw-actie van PAG Mechelen, 1971 (collectie AVG-Carhif)


Number of interviewees: 15

Number of interviews: 30


Reading room or download link (subject to permission)

Transcription: yes (pdf, Word)

Recording: audio

File type: wav (with conversion to mp3)


Accessibility: Reasoned request. The institution then reviews the transcripts (privacy-sensitive passages) and checks the contract with the interviewee (possible restrictions on use).

The aim of the project was twofold:

  • To generate source material on feminism of the so-called ‘second feminist wave’ by interviewing protagonists of this movement with special attention to aspects that remain underexposed in written sources.
  • To introduce the general public to (the ideas of) the second feminist wave by means of interactive web modules using, among other things, interview fragments.


  • 30 interviews (15 protagonists, 2 interviews each): digital files with transcription and metadata
  • Video interviews with 8 protagonists, from which several passages were cut for the didactic website: GENDERHISTORY.BE


The second feminist wave is the name of a period of feminist activism in the late 1960s and 1970s.  It was part of a broader movement of social protest, like the student protest of May ’68. This website introduces you to the feminist movement in Flanders. What did the feminists want ‘from the second wave’? And how do they look back on that period today?


The website is meant as an introduction to the history of the women’s movement.



In 2012-2013 the Archive Centre for Women’s History (AVG) worked on the project about the history of the second wave of feminism in Belgium.

This article was published about the course of the project and the learning process the AVG went through regarding digital sustainability.  

Black, migrant and refugee women


Black, migrant and refugee women


Number of interviews: 9


Permalink: HTTPS://HDL.HANDLE.NET/11653/ORAL41


The ‘Diversity’ project to capture life stories of women with a migrant background who make an important contribution to the black. migrant and refugee women’s (movements).