Boissevain, Mia (1878–1959)

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Boissevain, Mia (1878–1959)

Dutch feminist. Name variations: Maria. Pronunciation: Bwha-se-VAY. Born Maria Boissevain, April 8, 1878, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; died Mar 8, 1959, in London, England; dau. of Jan Boissevain (director of a shipping company) and Petronella Brugmans; University of Amsterdam, MA in biology; University of Zurich, PhD, 1903; never married; children: 2 (adopted).

With Rosa Manus, organized a major exhibition on the status of women (1913), was an advocate of women's suffrage, women's rights and the worldwide peace movement, and worked to aid war refugees; active in the International Woman Suffrage Alliance from 1908, organized an exhibition on the position of women, entitled "Woman 1813–1913"; was a member of the women's committee (and the general committee) to help mobilized families during WWI. Writings include The Women's Movement in the Netherlands (1915), and Een Amsterdamsche familie (1967).

See also Women in World History.