Struggle! 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage exhibition curator picks five highlights

An exhibition at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands celebrates 100 years of universal voting rights in the country. Co-curator Egge Knol picks five objects that tell the story.

In the Netherlands, as in so many countries, it took years of tireless campaigning to change the law to allow women to vote.

The Dutch parliament finally passed a law for women’s suffrage on 9 May 1919, but the fight began at the end of the 19th-century, with women creating banners, pins and leaflets to publicise their mission.

“Women had to get organised,” explained Knol to Dezeen. “To demand attention for their cause, they held street protests and started petitions.”

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