In the male-dominated university world, studying was often considered inappropriate for women. They were denied membership of the male student association Leids Studenten Corps ‘Virtus Concordia Fides’ (LSC). The women were on their own and they decided to unite.
This led to the establishment of the Vereeniging van Vrouwelijke Studenten te Leiden (VVSL). But not only female students felt the need to unite. The Vereeniging van Echtgenoten en Partners van Hoogleraren aan de Universiteit Leiden (VROLEC) was established by women and partners of the university professors. Nowadays, the influence of these two associations are still felt in the universitylife of Leiden and the women who were part of these groups have gained lifelong friendships.