Carevna Miladinova-Aleksieva (1856‒1934)

Carevna Miladinova-Aleksieva was born in Struga in 1856, among the famous Miladinovi family (her father was the revivalist Dimitar Miladinov, and her first teacher was Georgi Ikonomov ‒ father’s pupil and husband of her sister, the teacher Milica Dimitrova Ikonomova). She continued her education in 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

First female translators and their role in the transfer of knowledge (Bulgaria)

During the Bulgarian Revival, translation was evolving rapidly. In its field, 10.9% of the booksellers, or 449 people, translated school, artistic and scholarly literature from Russian, Greek, French, Old Slavonic and Turkish. In the same period, the first 10 female translators with secondary education appeared Continue Reading

Mara Belcheva (1868-1937)

Born in Sevlievo, in a wealthy commercial family. She studied at the Vienna Higher Institute of Girls. Teaching in Ruse and Sofia, and after the murder of her husband, Minister Hristo Belchev graduated German literature in Vienna. Belcheva is one of the first Bulgarian poetesses, Continue Reading

Tsarevna Miladinova-Alexieva (1856-1934)

Born in Struga in a teachers family. She graduated from a high school in Kiev. She had been working as a teacher in Shoumen, Etropole, Svishtov, Prilep and the Bulgarian girls’ gymnasium in Thessaloniki. Her memories were published after her death by her son. She Continue Reading

Emerging female participation in the public sphere: first women schools, female high schools, access to university: the presentation of the female teacher in the 19 century (Bulgaria)

The first evidences of Bulgarian female education are from the end of the 18th – early 19th century, when the idea still had no social support. At that time, the girls were trained by nuns in few monasteries. (Anastassia Dimitrova) Only in 1841, in occasion Continue Reading