I AM A FEMINIST
You know I’m a self-made woman who has made it her purpose to challenge women to dare. It’s an achievement I am immensely proud of, and for that reason I am equally proud to label myself a feminist. But looking back more than a hundred years, I’m even prouder of the progress women have made together.
Today, I believe we’re witnessing the dawn of the fourth wave of the feminist movement. A long-overdue correction in gender inequality is at our doorstep. All the signs point to this moment in time being a new and exciting tipping-point in the history of women. Strong, independent women are stepping forward as powerful role models, inspiring and motivating smart, young girls of all backgrounds to make the most of their many talents. And that’s what we need more of today: forward-thinking women. We need women who understand that achieving equality isn’t dependent on external factors; women who understand that equality is not something that is passively received or violently acquired. As masters of our own destiny, the world is asking us to shape a future of opportunity for ourselves. What matters now is action. Action on our part.
“This is our moment and I’m embracing it wholeheartedly as part of the fourth wave.” — Marlies Dekkers
Because I am a feminist.
Watch my 3-minute movie ‘The Awakening‘, which tells the story of the most important moment in my, and every woman’s life: the moment she decides to find her own source of strength.
fall|winter 20 preview
In January, I presented my newest FW20 collection during a show full of dance and entertainment in Rotterdam. All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses, powerful female icons from past and present. And for FW20, my muse will be crime writer Agatha Christie. A few months from now, you will get to discover the collections, and see how they tell stories like Agatha’s thrilling books do..
Running for your life
Dr. Bram Bakker is a psychiatrist, a writer, a runner and a provocateur. With his many bestselling books and columns – and yes, even his own theatre show – he urges us to think outside the box when it comes to our mental health. Not crazy about popping pills? Bram shared some interesting alternatives with me, from throwing out our phones to running ‘till we puke’.
Peas & peppers instead of pills
General practitioner Tamara de Weijer believes that we would feel a lot better if we hit the produce stand before we visited the pharmacy. “On a massive scale, we have been putting the wrong kind of fuel in our bodies.”
Singles Day – You’ve Got this!
All the single ladies, listen up! With single women rapidly becoming the majority, it is high time to stop feeling singled out. This Singles Day, let’s celebrate our freedom and independence by sharing all those solo milestones that make us go: ‘You’ve got this!’.