Women, Agricultural Sciences and Wageningen

This collection of 217 images, mainly photos, illustrate women students, scholars and graduate life at the Wageningen Agricultural College (Landbouwhogeschool) and University. They were taken from 1918 to 2003. Some were used to illustrate the book 'Vrouwen, Wageningen en de wereld. Wetenschap, studie en loopbaan, 1918-2003'.

The book 'Vrouwen, Wageningen en de wereld' was written by Margreet van der Burg and Marian Bos-Boers and published by Uitgeverij Verloren in 2003. Approximately 100 images from the collection were used to illustrate the book's themes.

The book focuses not only on study choice and study results but also on study climate, student life and the social position of the graduated women.

From 1918 onwards, the share of female students at Wageningen increased from a few per year to more than 50%. Initially, horticulture was preferred to study but not for graduation. With the study programme of Agricultural Home economics (Landbouwhuishoudkunde) in 1953 and Human Nutrition in 1969, the Wageningen Agricultural College attracted more women. New specializations in plant cultivation and in the social sciences also attracted more female students.

Women who aspired a university career had to settle for an assistant position until 1946. Since then, gradually more women have reached the top of science as lector and professor. The careers of women scholars are highlighted in the book.

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The book 'Vrouwen, Wageningen en de wereld' was written for the project Women, Wageningen and the World (2001-2003). It is written in Dutch but one chapter and a summary are in English. The chair group Rural History and the KLV/VWI collaborated in this project with the University Board who financed the projects. The book is available online for free, in cooperation with Uitgeverij Verloren in Hilversum.

Examples

The first and the hundredth female PhD
The first and the hundredth female PhD

Tropical plant painted by Marianne North
Tropical plant painted by Marianne North

MSc diploma award, 2002
MSc diploma award, 2002