Women in fashion: paving the way for female entrepreneurs

2-9-21 20:00 - 2-9-21 21:00

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Within the fashion and textile industry, the majority of the workforce is represented by women. Looking closer, we can see that even in this industry where women are overrepresented, the gender equality gap is still a struggle. If there are so many women, how come only about 14 percent of major brands have a female executive in charge?

As part of her shemakes project, Waag’s TextileLab Amsterdam organises a panel discussion with leading women in the Dutch fashion and textile industry. Together, we will discuss how to address the gender gap, and create enabling networks that support more and more women stepping into leading roles. During this evening we will share experiences and various perspectives. We will discuss the possibilities to work towards stronger support networks for positive change in the textile and clothing sector.



  • Ytha Kempkes is the founder and member of the cooperation MADE HERE. She is an economist that always focuses on societal issues while seeing the human scale and the bigger picture.
  • Roosmarie Ruigrok is the founder and owner of Clean&Unique and projectleader at the Gemeente Amsterdam. She is a circular textile expert with a demonstrated history of working in the international textiles industry.
  • Maartje Janse is a cultural economist and designer specialised in sustainability in fashion and textile design. She is working at Makers Unite as coordinator of the Creative Lab and as a circular designer.

And with contribution of Annemieke Koster, a communication scientist and entrepreneur, and founder and owner of Enschede Textielstad, currently the only existing sustainable weaving mill in the Netherlands.

The programme will be moderated by Ista Boszhard, co-founder of Waag's TextileLab Amsterdam.

About shemakes is a European project, funded by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 program. The main goal of shemakes is to empower future female innovators of the sustainable fashion industry through inspiration, skills and networks.