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University of Groningen launches 'Aletta Year'

The Univeristy of Groningen launches the Aletta Year to highlight the theme of ‘Women in Academia’. The University community will be honouring Aletta Jacobs with a year-long programme filled with jointly organized activities to draw continuing attention to the role of diversity in academia.

On 20 April 1871, Aletta Jacobs was the first woman in the Netherlands to register at a university as a regular student. Prime Minister Thorbecke himself wrote a letter to Jacobs’ father to grant her permission to start a degree programme at the University of Groningen. Exactly 150 years later, on 20 April 2021, the UG, UMCG, Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health, University Museum and Studium Generale will jointly kick off the Aletta Year in honour of Aletta Jacobs.

Check the podcast recently published, with the participation of, among others, UG’s Rector Magnificus Cisca Wijmenga on the legacy of Aletta Jacobs, what she has meant for women in academia and women in general and also on the current situation in the Netherlands. Other activities that will take place are for example, the European Researchers’ Night on 24 September, where also our colleagues from Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health contributing to the Think Tank Core Group on Health & Well-being will participate.

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