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

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

Tatyana Kirkova (1897, Taganrog, Russia – 1981)

Feminist, journalist, and translator. Graduated from French literature with a doctorate in Lausanne (1919). Worked as an editor at the Bulgarian Department of Printing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1928), an press attache at the American Legation (1938-1942), an employee at the Bulgarian Bibliographic Continue Reading

Famous bulgarian feminists and their participation in the International Women organizations and congresses, especially in the International Association of the University Women

Right after the founding of the Bulgarian Women’s Union, its representatives established relations with international feminist organizations. On behalf of the Union, Jenny Bojilova-Patewa and Irina Sokerova took part in the congresses of the International Alliance of Women and the International Council of Women resp. 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

Lydia Chichmanoff (1866, Kiev – 1937)

A feminist, critic, journalist, translator, and writer. Ukrainian by origin, born in the family of Prof. Mihailo Dragomanov. Graduated in Music and French Literature in Geneva. Wife of Prof. Ivan Chichmanoff – Minister of Education, professor, founder of many cultural institutions. Since 1889 in Bulgaria. Continue Reading

Bulgarian Women’s Union

The Bulgarian Women’s Union was founded in 1901 as a union of 27 local women’s organizations with the task of working for the intellectual and spiritual rise of the Bulgarian women. The Union worked for the equality of Bulgarian women in three directions – to Continue Reading

Anasstasia Gantcheva-Zografova (1894-?)

Translator from German, English and Polish. She graduated from Slavic literature at the Sofia University and lived in the USA for a long time. Editor-in-Chief of the Polish-Bulgarian Review magazine, participated in many cultural and feminist societies.