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Among Leiden’s Firsts was Hajjah Maria Ulfah Soebadio Sastrosatomo. In 1933, she was the first Indonesian woman student to earn a law degree.

Portrait of Hajjah Maria Ulfah Soebadio Sastrosatomo
Hajjah Maria Ulfah Soebadio Sastrosatomo

During her studies she became involved in the Indonesian Nationalist Movement and eventually became Indonesia’s Social Minister (1946-47), as the first female cabinet member.

Our student curators struggled to find more records of intersectional women in the University; however, that does not mean they were not there. Sastrosatomo reminds us that there were many intersectional women who fought for women’s rights and that diversity was and still is an issue at Leiden University.

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