From Paris to Amsterdam to Moscow, WOMEN OF EUROPE travels the continent to listen to the personal stories of ordinary women living in the capitals of Europe. Discover their power, their wisdom, their struggles and their dreams. Find out what unites them and what sets them apart. By forging connections between these women and you, WOMEN OF EUROPE hopes to encourage understanding, inspiration and kinship across cultures.

Mariska Vermeulen, an experienced journalist, first started this project out of curiosity. An enthusiastic traveller and a resident of Amsterdam, she always wondered what the lives of other European women would really be like. She decided to visit every capital city of Europe to find out. By asking women of all ages questions that invite reflection, she encourages them to share their honest life stories. Stories often so full of wisdom and strength they may serve as an inspiration to others. Throughout this process, many interesting intercultural differences (and similarities) between women in various cities have jumped out.

All participants in this project have one thing in common – they are brave enough to open up about their deepest feelings. Showing one’s true self can make a person feel vulnerable, so a heart-felt ‘thank you’ to all these amazing women is in order!

Beyond satisfying our curiosity, these stories offer us a chance to learn from each other’s mistakes, remember each other’s life lessons and admire each other’s strength.



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