Women of Amsterdam. Early history and Feminist history

A 1.5 to 2 hour walk.


Women in Amsterdam:

Fishwives, Feminists, Housewives, Killers, Maids, Nuns, Sex Workers and Swindlers.


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Themes: Nuns going berserk when in nunneries were forcibly emptied on May 26, 1578, the day of revolution, when the Catholic city government was deposed.
Social oppression of men and women pushed to the edge of the economy:
Screaming fishwives, selling the fresh catch of their husband or brother.
Rags sellers, offal sellers, move at the bottom of society. Sex workers.
Some women in the Middle class have the better, as wives in fashion shop, pottery shops. Authors Betty Wolff and Deken Aagje, hundreds of letters; lesbian or not?
First feminist movement (suffrage, health, position of women).
Dolle Mina. Second wave of feminism (abortion, new position in society).

The Amsterdam All-Female History. Well researched, with eye witness texts, told on the right spot in the city. Scientifically sound, entertaining, fun, enticing, a tour with Drs. Kees Kaldenbach* Also announced in the feminist OPZIJ magazine, April, 2010

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Amsterdam boasts a rich and eventful history with women who were much more “manly” than women in the surrounding countries. In the Republic, women took over a good deal of daily trade while their men were working elsewhere; sailing, trading or fighting. They were fishwives, maids, nuns or upstanding mothers running a household. Other women sold rags and furniture in shops, were swindlers and perpetrated murders, yet others scrubbed the house and the “stoop”, offered their bodies for paid male pleasure, and finally, there were women who climbed the barricades as feminists.

This is an in-depth excursion of high quality, covering a good deal of the centre of Amsterdam. On a variety of locations you will hear many tales about events - and quotes from people from that day and age who wrote diaries and letters.
First you will take a walking tour of about an hour and a half. Then some coffee.

Example page of my research to get to the correct addresses in town, for the banker Widow Borski.

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Tour given by art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach, of Private Art Tours, Amsterdam. Kaldenbach has been featured on both Dutch national and international television including; NPS Dutch National TV, BBC2. BBC3, Japanese TV. and was interviewed by CNN in Atlanta, Georgia. (In case of sickness he will be replaced).

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Below: Editorial announcement as it appeared in OPZIJ megazine, April 2010, page 10:

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Drs. Kees Kaldenbach is your private "scholar-lecturer on culture tours" *.

*Martha Gellhorn, Travels with Myself and another, p. 182.





The Rijksmuseum has done me the honor of linking the main Rijksmuseum site to my website. Start at www.rijksmuseum.nl and select Collection. Then choose 'Digital Collaboration' and the 'Digital Vermeer House'.

I conduct Rembrandt walks in Amsterdam for the Netherlands Bureau of Tourism, London and New York City offices. Their clients include important journalists.

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About Drs. Kees Kaldenbach:

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Drs. Kees Kaldenbach has been featured in television and radio documentaries, including BBC2 TV, NTV Japan, Danish TV and Radio Netherlands World Service. In July 2004 he was interviewed about Delft artists by Tetsuya Tsuruhara for the leading Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun. In 2004 and 2005 he acted in an advisory role to additional BBC teams. Kaldenbach has written extensively on Vermeer and 17th century Delft, on Vincent van Gogh and on other art history topics.

Drs. Kees Kaldenbach is your private "scholar-lecturer on culture tours".

Further information is available on his encyclopedic web site: www.johannesvermeer.info


Contact information:

Drs. Kees Kaldenbach , kalden@xs4all.nl

Haarlemmermeerstraat 83 hs

1058 JS Amsterdam

The Netherlands

telephone 020 - 669 8119 (from abroad NL +20 - 669 8119)

cell phone 06 - 2868 9775 (from abroad NL +6 - 2868 9775)


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Page created April 2010. Updated 17 February 2017.