Myriam Everard

Myriam Everard has received the Academy's De la Court Prize for her scholarly oeuvre. Her work focuses on the role of women in Dutch history.

How does our view of history change when you take women's lives as your starting point? This question is central to Myriam Everard's wide range of historical publications. Her research into sexuality, gender, labour, citizenship and gender relations sheds new light on the history of the ‘modern’ Netherlands from the end of the eighteenth century.

About the laureate

Following her doctoral study: Soul and senses. On love and lust between women in the second half of the eighteenth century (Leiden University), Everard devoted her life to research outside established academic institutions. She has published works on women in the patriottentijd era (a period of political instability in the Dutch Republic between approximately 1780 and 1787) and on the history of the Dutch women's movement, on politically committed soul mates Elizabeth Wolff and Agatha Deken and prominent feminists such as Wilhelmina Drucker and Rosa Manus. She has also written about the rough life of ‘lollepotten’ (old Dutch slang for ‘lesbians’) and the hard life of female migrant workers.