Dr. Hilda Verwey-Jonker was a sociologist and politician for the SDAP and later the PvdA. In 1932 she completed the doctoral study of sociology at the Amsterdam Municipal University and in 1945 she was the first female Dutch sociologist who graduated. Her PhD research focused on poverty issues at the local level, a theme she paid much attention to in her later work. Verwey-Jonker also published many articles about diversity and gender issues, until shortly before her death in 2004. She was also the person who introduced the term ‘allochtoon’ in 1971 to replace the then current word ‘immigrant’. Between 1954 and 1958 Verwey-Jonker was a member of the Senate, after which she was Crown-appointed member of the Social Economic Council (SER) for 15 years.
On March 8, 2000 Verwey-Jonker received the prestigious Aletta Jacobs award for her significant contribution to the emancipation of women in the twentieth century. Her political, social and scientific contributions can be seen as a source of inspiration for Dutch society.
Our institute was named after Dr. Hilda Verwey-Jonker. We intent to keep the tradition she embodies alive through independent research with intellectual depth and social engagement. A more detailed biography can be found on the website of the Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis.