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Marianne Philips

Marianne Philips (1886-1951), was a politician and writer, born into a prosperous Jewish family in Amsterdam. She was orphaned at a young age and had to take care of her stepsister and -brother by working in her stepfather’s sewing workshop. She wasn’t able to finish her education, but nonetheless remained studious and managed to work her way up quickly. In 1919, she was elected, as one of the first woman ever, as board member for the SDAP (Social Democratic Labor Party), heartily defending the position of worker’s wives and their children. She started publishing in 1929 and wrote five books and several novella’s, she also translated.

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