Rietlanden Women’s Office
Jacob van Lennepstraat, Amsterdam

Web Design: Johanna Ehde
Web Development: Fallon Does

(P)MGDS is funded by the Stimuleringsfonds.

  • An old woman, Mina Loy Papers.
  • Conditions for Work — The Common World of Women, Adrienne Rich, 1977.
  • Collective Type and Noise Design, Andy G. Vidal and Johanna Ehde, 2019–.
  • Complaints and disorders, Barbara Ehrenreich, 1971.
  • En liten skara äro vi : en studie av typografer vid 1900-talets första decennier, Susanne Lundin, 1992.
  • Look Me in the Eye: Old Women, Aging and Ageism, Barbara Macdonald and Cynthia Rich, 1991.
  • Manifesto, Grace Grace Grace, 2020.
  • Mapping menopause, Tori DeAngelis, 2010.
  • The menopause and me – when you're gender neutral, Bunny Cook, 2019.
  • The Middlepause: On Turning Fifty, Marina Benjamin, 2016.
  • Motherhood, Sheila Heti, 2018.
  • Old age isn't calm, See Red Women's Workshop, 1978.
  • Out of Time: The Pleasures and the Perils of Ageing, Lynne Segal, 2012.
  • People Who Menstruate
  • Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-girl, Tiqqun, 2001.
  • The Psychological Problems of Aging, Erich Fromm, 1966.
  • Sisters, Lovers, and Monsters: A Feminist Utopian Design Approach to Menopause Wellness, lecture by Shaowen Bardzell, 2019.
  • small white monkeys: On self-expression, Self-help and Shame, Sophie Collins, 2017.
  • Spare Rib, Issue 154, 1985.
  • To Become Two, Alex Martinis Roe, 2018.
  • Unseen Hands– Women Printers, Binders, and Book-Designers, exhibition material found at Princeton University Library, Graphic Arts Collection
  • Vrouwen in de vormgeving in Nederland 1880-1940, Marjan Groot, 2007.
  • Vuurvrouw in de Overgang, Facebook Group.
  • The Woman Destroyed, Simone de Beauvoir, 1967.
  • queermenopause, Tania Glyde, 2020.

This is the online archive of (Post)Menopausal Graphic Design Strategies – a project initiated by Amsterdam based graphic designer Johanna Ehde. The project's main objective is to gain practical knowledge into how to develop and maintain a life-long graphic design practice while considering issues such as sexist ageism, health care, and work in general.

Studies suggest that even though hormonal changes after menopause produce similar symptoms in many, cultural differences still shape how people experience this stage of life. In other words, with a decrease in social stigma, the “symptoms” may lessen.

It is important to underline that this project is not an attempt at trying to “make use” of menopause. It rejects individualistic wellness-thinking and the pressure to maintain a positive attitude. The word menopause is positioned as a counter-word to the often youth-centric, vital, ‘snappy’ language connected to both health and graphic design.

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