“I set up the Straffe Madammenclub (the Passionate Ladies' club) three and a half years ago, when I realized that there is a great deal of female talent to be found in the business world, politics, art and academic circles, but that these women also have a tendency to hide away. For instance, did you know that barely 25% of the experts consulted in news programs are women, or just 15% of conference speakers?
With the Straffe Madammenclub, I aim to make women more visible. For example, every month I organize a network event with a female speaker. I notice that it gives me a lot of energy. Sharing experiences with one another makes us stronger. It helps us find the strength to accept that request for an interview or that invitation to speak at a conference. Dare to really go for that promotion, to put ourselves forward and be visible.
On the other hand, it takes a lot of my energy to bring groups of people together both at Glassroots and in the Straffe Madammenclub. So now and again I have to take some time out. On my own. Then I write or read, or I go walking or cycling in the countryside. I need that balance.”
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