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

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

Elisabeth Bagrationi-Orbeliani (1870 – 1962)

Educated in Paris; in 1919-1920 was the editor of the newspapers in French – “Free Georgia”, “Republic of Georgia”, in English – “Herald of Georgia”; wrote poetry in French; translated into French “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” by Shota Rustaveli and other classical Georgian Continue Reading

Barbare Kipiani (4 February 1879, Kutaisi, Georgia – 1965, Brussels)

Psycho-Physiologist, public figure; the first woman psycho-physiologist who worked in Europe. Her scientific papers on issues of children’s physiology and pathology were awarded golden prizes. In 1899, Barbare Kipiani graduated from St. Nino’s educational institution and in 1901 started studying at the medical faculty of 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

Valentina Pavlovna Nevskaya (1919-2009)

Famous specialist in Caucasus Studies of 20th century, doctor of historical studies, professor, author of 200 scientific works on the history of North Caucasus. She has been twice nominated “Woman of the year” by Cambridge biographical centre.    Valentina Pavlovna Nevskaya was born in Samara. Continue Reading

Participation in scientific conferences, congresses and other forms of academic life (Bulgaria)

The Bulgarian scientific societies, created by men, worked up to the 1920-1930s as a fully “male space”. The acceptance of women in them began after the World War I and was most active in the 1920s. There was a trend for easier entry of women 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

Bulgarian Association of University Women

The Bulgarian Association of University Women was founded in 1924. The members were women from several generations, who associated feminism with various concepts – predominantly liberal. Since 1925 the BAUW became a member of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW). It was headed by Continue Reading