Fatma Aliye Topuz (1862-1936)

She was born in 1862 in Istanbul. Topuz could not receive any formal education but she managed to educate herself by eagerly listening private lessons that her older brother taught. When she was 17, she married to Faik Bey and had 4 daughters from him. Continue Reading

Muazzez İlmiye Çığ (1914)

She was born in 1914 in Bursa, Turkey. In 1936, she got enrolled in to Ankara University Faculty of Language, History and Geography. In the faculty, she took classes like Language and Culture of Hittite; Sumerian and Acadian Languages and Mesopotamian Culture. After graduating in Continue Reading

Şirin Tekeli (1944-2017)

She was born in Ankara in 1944. She finished her secondary education in Ankara Girls’ High School. Between the years of 1961-1963, she learned French in Paris and got enrolled in Law Faculty, but then continued her studies in Lausanne Switzerland on Political Science. Until Continue Reading

Halide Edip (1884-1964)

Halide Edip was born in 1882. She became one of the symbols of independent Turkish women in Independence War period and the early modernist period in Turkey. In 1893, she started studying at Uskudar American Girls’ College. She was very fluent in English and her Continue Reading

Hayriye Yenisoy (Hayrie Memova-Suleymanova) (1934-2018)

She was born on 1934 in the town of Crichim, Plovdiv district. She graduated Turkish Philology from Sofia University (it was the first course in this specialty whose alumni graduated in 1956, among them H. Memova) and then Bulgarian Philology. At first she worked at Continue Reading

Ekaterine (Keke) Melikishvili-Meskhi (1854, Tbilisi – 1928)

Ekaterine (Keke) Melikishvili – Meskhi was among those first Georgian women who obtained higher education in Switzerland where she joined the association Ugheli established by Georgian students in Zurich. Along with Keke Melikishvili, the association included other Georgian women too: Kato and Olimpiada Nikoladze, Olga Guramishvili, Pelagia Continue Reading

Tatyana Kirkova (1897, Taganrog, Russia – 1981)

Feminist, journalist, and translator. Graduated from French literature with a doctorate in Lausanne (1919). Worked as an editor at the Bulgarian Department of Printing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1928), an press attache at the American Legation (1938-1942), an employee at the Bulgarian Bibliographic Continue Reading

Ekaterina Zlatooustova (1881-1952)

Born in Varna. Daughter of one of the first Bulgarian teachers with secondary education from Russia. Graduated from high school in Sofia and history in St. Petersburg. Long-time secondary school teacher in Shoumen and Sofia. Assistant professor at the l’Ecole des langues orientales vivantes in Continue Reading

Teodora Peykova (1892-1979)

Born in Bourgas. Graduated from a high school in Sofia and studied piano and literature in Vienna and Brussels. There graduated home courses too. She published stories and travelogues in the press, translates novels, stories and memoirs from German, French and Russian. Author of cooking Continue Reading