Suze Groeneweg returns to the House

The statue of Suze Groeneweg, created by Siemen Bolhuis.
The statue of Suze Groeneweg, created by Siemen Bolhuis.

In 1919, the House of Representatives decided that all Dutch men and women aged 25 years and older would be entitled to vote. This made general suffrage a reality in the Netherlands. The House of Representatives will be celebrating this with various activities throughout the entire parliamentary year. The kick-off was held in the Central Passageway on Thursday afternoon, 27 September 2018. Speaker of the House of Representatives Khadija Arib opened the exhibition Ik vier mijn stem and unveiled a bust of Suze Groeneweg, the first woman in the House.

100 years later

On 27 September 1918, Suze Groeneweg was installed as the first woman member of the House of Representatives. Exactly 100 years after her first day working in the House of Representatives, Suze is returning. Artist Siemen Bolhuis was commissioned by the House of Representatives to create a bust of Suze Groeneweg. The statue is a part of the exhibition, and it will eventually have a permanent place in the House of Representatives building, in front of the entrance to the Suze Groeneweg Chamber.

Suffrage still constantly on the move

The exhibition Ik vier mijn stem will be open for viewing in the Central Passageway of the House of Representatives until the summer of 2019. The exhibition tells the special history of general suffrage and demonstrates that it is still in constant motion.

Visit the exhibition

The exhibition Ik vier mijn stem will be open for viewing on working days, between 10:00 and 17:00. Admission is free. You can also visit the exhibition and the House of Representatives Building while the House is in recess.

  • Entrance: Lange Poten 4
  • Please be aware that a scanning procedure is required upon entry.
  • You may be asked to present identification.

Website: Ik vier mijn stem

Additional information on the history of general suffrage is available on the special website www.ikviermijnstem.nl. The website also lists all activities that will be organised throughout the celebratory year.