Contact: johanna@womensoffice.nl

Rietlanden Women’s Office
Jacob van Lennepstraat, Amsterdam

Web Design: Johanna Ehde
Web Development: Fallon Does

(P)MGDS is funded by the Stimuleringsfonds.

  • Conditions for Work — The Common World of Women, Adrienne Rich, 1977.
  • Collective Type and Noise Design, Andy G. Vidal and Johanna Ehde, 2019–.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-girl, Tiqqun, 2001.
  • 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.
  • The Middlepause: On Turning Fifty, Marina Benjamin, 2016.
  • The Woman Destroyed, Simone de Beauvoir, 1967.
  • 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.

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 the issues of sexist ageism, and women’s health. Life-long referring not only to lasting a full working life, but to healthy, stimulating and safe working conditions.

Studies suggest that even though hormonal changes after menopause produce similar symptoms in many women, 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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