In 2015 two people met at Atria, the institute for emancipation and women’s history in Amsterdam. They got to talking and both felt a longing to keep that conversation going. They were missing a place to be a feminist and discuss feminism. They decided to create such a place.
At the beginning of the new semester, they met with a few others in a living room. They discussed parts of The Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir. A facebook group was founded. It was decided to dub the group The Feminist Club Amsterdam. Including Amsterdam in the name was cause for quite a lot of debate. Do we not allow people from outside of Amsterdam or The Netherlands? We sure do, but our events take place in Amsterdam. Keeping the group local helps with organizing regular events and building a community.
In the year that followed, a lot of things happened.
Every three weeks, there were discussion meetings, discussing themes like anarchism, veganism, and intersectionaliy. There was a manifestation against sexual violence. Action was taken to diversify the philosophy curriculum at the VU University. There was a film screening of Vessel, the documentary on Women on Waves. The group was discussed in newspapers. The first Feminist Art Fest was organized, and it was a great success.
It is clear that feminism is back in the public debate. What is feminism? What does feminism mean, and what is its aim? One thing is certain: it’s characterised by a diversity and plurality of ideas. The Feminist Club offers a space to discuss feminism, both online and offline. Participants can have very different opinions, can be a newbie or a seasoned feminist.
Become a member of the facebook group, or check this website to join our events. Anyone who is interested in feminism can join the group. We aim to offer an inclusive and safer space for cis-women, trans, genderqueer, intersex, and queer people, and their allies. Hate speech including racism, ableism, sexism, and classism will not be tolerated on facebook, in the comments on our website and at the offline meetings.
Our events and posts are usually in English, as a substantial part of our membership comes from all around the world. From time to time we will publish blogs in Dutch, for example when we react to Dutch newspaper articles or when we are addressing Dutch organisations or persons.