Dear Feminist, 

March is historically an important month for women, since that not-too-far-away first women’s march in 1909. Together with many other feminists, FEL was crowding the streets around Dam Square last Saturday. The feminist cause remains something to fight for, as much as it has ever been. And the recent invasion of Ukraine has only reaffirmed that a world built on aggression only breeds aggression.

This year, March is an even more important month, and that’s not only because of International Women's Day or the traditional Women’s March. This year, municipal elections (gemeenteraadsverkiezingen) will take place and we will all have a chance to let our voices be heard. Whatever or whoever you support, it’s vital that you cast that vote! And remember, #stemopeenvrouw! 👩‍🚀

For these reasons, this newsletter is all about representation, politics, and elections! Jasmijn reminds us that the fight for representation is not over, despite having a numerically equal cabinet. Carlijn and Alessandra present two contrasting opinions on gender quotas, while Luma shows us the importance and the need of a diverse representation. Last but not least, Jeroen offers us two wonderful poems on suffrage.

And of course, how could we not have included the one and only FEL-Fabet? This month, Joos tells us all we need to know about fat-shaming and why it's wrong! 

But that’s not all. We are also launching our Book Talk #9 and our fundraising! If you have two cents to spend, you know where to go now  😉 

Enjoy the read and tot volgende keer!

With feminist regards, 

Vrouwen, geschiedenis en politiek - Jasmijn Groot 
Waroom genderquota noodzakelijk zijn - Carlijn van de Meulenhof
Why gender quotas are not the right way forward - Alessandra Giliberto 

Our voices in power: the importance of women in politics - Luma Andrade

Lees alle artikelen hier!
FEL-fabet: F 
Feminisme is voor iedereen, maar sommige begrippen zijn best moeilijk. Daarom presenteren we het FELfabet, een ABC om jou een feministisch handje te helpen! Korte en heldere uitleg van woorden die je als feminist (en in het leven!) tegen kunt komen. Met in deze nieuwsbrief, F. Nieuwsgierig welke concepten we dit keer behandelen? Lees de columns hier of door op het plaatje te klikken!
Klik voor het FELfabet
Could there be a better month for two pieces of poetry about suffrage? Elections are a good moment to be reminded of the importance of our right to vote. Jeroen helps us remember the importance of voting as well as the struggle to acquire this right. 
Read Jeroen's poetry here!
What a great one are we going to read this time! Since she won the Brooker prize in 2018, her books have been in everyone's pockets, backpacks, and shelfs. How could we have missed the opportunity to read and discuss Girl, Woman, Other together? Join us in talking about Bernardine Evaristo's engaging book on April 12th. This time, we will be meeting in person, so make sure to reserve your spot here!
RSVP to a great read!
FEL is run by enthusiastic volunteers whose work depends on external funding and donations only. We have great ideas, but these come with a budget! Do you want to help us create always new events to make Leiden a more feminist city? Would you like to give your contribution to smash the patriarchy?
Well, it all starts with your donation!
Smash the patriarchy now!
Are you social media savvy and do you genuinely like writing and creating new content? Well, then listen up! FEL is currently looking for a new Communication Lead to help with our Socials and of course, with You've got Feminist Mail. Proficiency in Dutch is required. Sound like the thing for you? Send an email to, and let us know why you are the perfect candidate.

Hang on, hang on, I am not done yet. We are also looking into expanding our writing team to include new and different perspectives. Are you looking for a space to share your feminist opinions? Well, you know to which e-mail address you should write!
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