Raina Petkova (1895-1957)

Raina Petkova is one of the founders of the professional social work in Bulgaria.  She was born on September 10, 1895 in Veliko Tarnovo in the family of craftsman Petko Minchev. She lived briefly with her family in Tarnovo, where her mother was from. Then the family moved to the small town Continue Reading

Penka Kasabova (1901-2000)

Penka Kasabova (1901-2000) is one of the founder of the modern preschool education in Bulgaria. She was born in Stara Zagora in the family of Milyo Kasabov, who had a bookstore. In 1919 she graduated from the pedagogical high school in her hometown, her father advised Continue Reading

Boyana Hristova (1895- after 1967)

Boyana Christova Dobrinova  was the first trained public health nurse in Bulgaria and started the first children health station in Sofia in 1924 together with Prof. Stefan Vatev. . She is one of the leading personalities in health promotion and modern child rearing in the Continue Reading

Maria (Mary) Nikolova – Ikonomova (1897 – 1985)

Maria Nikolova was one of the leading nurses in Bulgaria, president of the Society of Nurses and Editor of the Nespaper ‘Nurse’ in the 1930-es. Maria Nikolova was born in Jambol, Bulgaria. She studied in Sofia and in Plovdiv and after that in the American Continue Reading

Lidia Stoyanova (1901-1988)

Lidia Stoyanova (1901–1988) was born in the town of Lovetch in the family of the professor in surgery Paraskev Stoyanov and the midwife Nina Leyn. Lidia Stoyanova was one of the pioneers of the education of mentally retarded children in the 1920es in Bulgaria and 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

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

Maria Dayrova-Hadjiangelova (1876-1943)

Born in Stara Zagora. Graduated at Nancy with scholarship (1899). Private practice in Stara Zagora. School doctor at the Female Pedagogic School in Stara Zagora and the First Female School in Sofia. Specialized Pediatric and Internal Deceases in Paris (1911) and Internal Deceases and School Continue Reading

Tota Venkova (1855-1921)

Born in Gabrovo. Graduated in Medicine in St. Petersburg as a fellow of the Ministry of Education (1886). Doctor in Ruse, Tarnovo, Varna, and Sofia. Specialized in Internal Diseases and Pediatrics in St. Petersburg (1893) and in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Vienna (1895). Founded midwives’ Continue Reading