Since 1918 The Netherlands has witnessed the founding of numerouswomens organisations. The history, present situation and futuredevelopments of Dutch womens networks are analysed by means of networktheory. Womens networks have been established to give womenprofessional and private support which they did not find in other socialand organisational circuits. Womens networks are growing not only innumber, but also in size. With the aid of network theory three trendsare pointed out 1 temporary support networks become real socialnetworks, 2 temporary issue and support networks are being createdwithin the broader framework of networks, 3 womens networks areturning into organisation networks. This higher degree of organisationresembles the development of the role of trade unions in society. Thewomens movement seems to be moving in the same direction therefore ahigher degree of organisation is a challenge for the future. First, inorder to become a major stakeholder for organisations the womensnetworks need to accept their mutual interdependence and should startworking according to the principles of partnership. They need tocooperate, and the forces within the womens movement need to beconcentrated so that the entire movement can gain strength. Secondly,the diversity of womens organisations demands an internal reorientationin order to survive the external and internal demands of the 1990s onthese networks.
Women In Management Review – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 1, 1991