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

Maria Vasilevna Trubnikova (Ivasheva) 1835 – 1897

Her father, Vasiliy Ivanov, was descended from a very large and wealthy noble family, and her mother was the French woman Camilla Le Dantieau. She was the daughter of the governess in the family of a General – Major P. Ivashev. At first, she lived Continue Reading

Anna Pavlovna Filosofova (Dyagileva) (1837-1912)

She was descended from the famous and wealthy noble family Dyagilev. She was born on April 5, 1837 in Perm, and was the eldest of the nine children of the family. As a child, she enjoyed freedom, she was cheerful and rebellious. For this reason Continue Reading

Women and Education

Female education in the upper classes was practiced in various societies since the Antiquity. There were poets, writers, artist, scientists, religious thinkers and politicians. There were women intellectuals who played important role in the social cultural life. Nevertheless the idea of the systematical rational education Continue Reading

Discussions about the social roles of women and their participation in public life during 19 and 20th century in Bulgaria

The Section of Women Lawyers at the BAUW was formed in 1928. It turned into the biggest corporate organisation of the Bulgarian women’s elite, with about a hundred and fifty members during the 1940s. It built up structures in the country. The interest in it Continue Reading

Female charity societies and the spread and transfer of social knowledge (Bulgaria)

Women’s societies were a consequence of the development of secondary female education and the formation of literate Bulgarian women. The process of their creation was different from the Western European, because in Bulgaria the female education preceded feminism. The first society was founded in town Continue Reading

Teofana Todorova-Lukash (1868 – 1946)

Born in Stara Zagora. Graduated of the Plovdiv High School of Girls, studied embroidery in Vienna (1890-1891). Housewife to the death of her husband – teacher and from Czech origin. Board member of the Majchina grizha (Mother’s Care) Womens’Society – Plovdiv and a teacher in Continue Reading

Yordanka Filaretova (1843-1915)

Born in Sofia in a wealthy family. His brother was the Sofia mayor Dimitar Hadjikotsev. She studied at the girls’ primary school in Sofia under the guidance of her future husband, Sava Filaretov. She established a Sunday school for older women. During the Russo-Turkish war Continue Reading

Elena Usheva (1872-1944)

Born in Bansko. Graduated from a high school in Stara Zagora and the Fine Arts Academy in Brussels (1893). Teacher and principal of the Princess Marie Louise Vocational School – Sofia and a private vocational school. Author of sewing textbooks (First handbook on stitching and Continue Reading