In her new home on the edge of an Italian valley, Lili finally finds her Air-France suitcase. Out fall the lives of her foremothers: Alma, Elly and Sylvia. Women who, like herself, were pioneers in different fields: literature, journalism, film. Why is it that their names are barely mentioned in history? They lived alongside the women that were at the forefront of the feminist cause in the Netherlands, such as Aletta Jacobs and Marga Klompé. However, in the lives of Alma and her daughters, much revolved around men. The women could be grateful that at least they were their satellites.
In Alma’s Daughters Jutta Chorus positions five extraordinary women at the forefront, by way of letters, diaries, photos and conversations. Five dazzling and desperate lives in one captivating family history.
‘An immersive and intimate family history. The book testifies to the importance of female role models. Their dreams are infectious.’ – NRC