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

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

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

Mariam Jambakur-Orbeliani (11 July 1852 – 23 August 1941, Tbilisi)

Philanthropist, educator, public figure and feminist. Founding member of the Society for Spreading Literacy among Georgians; actively collaborated with Ivane Javakhishvili in 1917-1918 and became the member of the supporting committee established right after opening of the first university in Georgia (Caucasus) – Tbilisi State Continue Reading

Anastasia Tumanishvili-Tsereteli Born (25 August 1842 – 7 February 1932, Tbilisi)

In 1876 went to Switzerland where she got acquainted with the issues of upbringing children based on Pestalozzi methods, new pedagogical ideas in Switzerland and France. Visited Paris, Zurich. On returning home got involved in cultural-educational life of the country. Soon her literary translations were Continue Reading

Ekaterine Tarkhnishvili-Gabashvili (16 June 1851, Gori – 7 August, 1938, Akhalkalaki, Georgia)

Georgian children’s writer and public figure, member of the Board (Governing Body) of the Society for Spreading Literacy among Georgians from 1882. In 1897-1922 she was the head of the women’s vocational school and in 1872-1905 – the initiator of establishing Women’s Circle and creating Continue Reading

Barbare Eristavi-Jorjadze (1833, Kistauri, Georgia – 10 April, 1895)

Literary and public figure, particularly in women’s education and rights field. Her articles were regularly published in periodicals. In 1874 wrote the first book in culinary “The Complete Cuisine”. Author of poetry, prose and drama. Created her own method of teaching literacy.

Ekaterina Petrovna Lachinova (Shelashnikova) (1813-1896)

Russian writer, author of the book “Tricks on Caucasus” published under pseudonym E. Hamar – Dabanov. She had the opportunity to get acquainted with the live of the Russian military on Caucasus being wife of the general N. E. Lachinov. The novel – pamphlet criticizing Continue Reading

Yekaterina Vorontsova-Dashkova (1743-1810)

Princess Dashkova’s Memoirs make it possible to follow the important events in her life from her personal perspective. Ekaterina Romanovna Vorontsova was born on 17 March 1743 in St. Petersburg in the family of Count Roman Ilarionovich Vorontsov. At the age of two, she lost Continue Reading

Nadezhda Vasilievna Stasova (1822-1895)

Nadezhda Vasilyevna was the daughter of a dvoryan architect. She was born in the palace in Tsarsko Selo and her godmother was Empress Elizaveta Alekseevna, wife of Alexander I. Since she was a child she was surrounded by books and works of art. According to Continue Reading