Women of the seven seas
Women of the seven seas

Women of the Seven Seas aim to connect women from all aspects of maritime life

to make the history and present of women working on and with the seas more visible. Today, women are sailing the seas in greater numbers than ever before - as part of the service crews on cruise ships or as captains rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean. Women are chief officers, managers in ports, artists and activists exploring hydrarchy as an alternative way of living, trying to reclaim ports as public spaces or fighting for endangered maritime eco-systems. This is new. The history of the seas is almost exclusively a history of men: Men have sailed the seas, worked in sea trade, went to war. Seamen and fishermen, captains and officers, they have predominantly been male. Women on sea stand out - like the pirates Anne Bonny or the sailing champion Tracey Edwards and her Maiden team – or they are overlooked. On the other hand, the sea itself has often been described as female, to be mastered and tamed by men. The same goes for many mythological creatures of the sea, such as mermaids or sirens. While women have fought with considerable success for gender equality on land, the maritime world seems far behind. Only recently, things have started to change.

First Meeting
Women of the Seven Seas - Online-Symposium
First Shefarers' Parade of Hamburg
Change is needed.
Activities of the Women of the Seven Seas
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Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

Women of the Seven Seas aim to connect women from all aspects of maritime life
Giuditta Vendrame

Giuditta Vendrame. Artist, Designer, Researcher.

What water does to our brains

The water, like any of the larger intangible un-holdable natural systems --like sky and weather, will teach you things that will take you forever to learn on land. 

Exterritory Project Cargo


Interview with FESAN, July 2021

Interview with FESAN

constance hockaday

constance hockaday

Giuditta Vendrame
1. My Ancestors Were Sailors/ Nenek Moyangku Seorang Pelaut (By Ibu Sud)

a text by Nova Ruth 

2. Many years ago, composer Ibu Sud wrote Nenek Moyangku Seorang Pelaut as a cheery song for children.

a text by Nova Ruth 

water gives and takes life

a text by Kristin Samir Jaibi Loren du Pon

engine at sea

on board of the Sea-Watch by Kristin Feddersen 

Black Water
Country of the Sea


3. My grandmother, Soetinah, grew up on the coast of Pare-pare, South Sulawesi, ...

a text by Nova Ruth 

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf


Nova Ruth
4. As kids, we were even told that when we went to the beach, we shouldn’t wear green,...

a text by Nova Ruth 

Kristin Feddersen

music by Nova Ruth 

Shaina Anand

Filmmaker and Artist, CAMP

Female Seafarers' Association of Nigeria


Exterritory Project
1. Hamburger Seefrauenparade / Shefarers' Parade Hamburg