Zeynep Zafer

Zeynep Zafer (Zeynep Ibrahimova) was born in 1958 in the village of Kornitsa (Bulgaria). When she was 15 years old she witnessed a bloody violence act caused by the attempts of the  the communist regime to assimilate by force the Pomaks (Bulgarian speaking Muslims). During Continue Reading

Fatma Aliye Topuz (1862-1936)

She was born in 1862 in Istanbul. Topuz could not receive any formal education but she managed to educate herself by eagerly listening private lessons that her older brother taught. When she was 17, she married to Faik Bey and had 4 daughters from him. Continue Reading

Dilhan Eryurt (1926-2012)

She was born in İzmir, 1926. Finishing Ankara Girls High School, she enrolled to the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy at Istanbul University. She then started to work as an assistant at University of Ankara and then completed her PhD on Astrophysics in 1953. She Continue Reading

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

Şirin Tekeli (1944-2017)

She was born in Ankara in 1944. She finished her secondary education in Ankara Girls’ High School. Between the years of 1961-1963, she learned French in Paris and got enrolled in Law Faculty, but then continued her studies in Lausanne Switzerland on Political Science. Until 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

Olga Sergeevna Lebedeva (1854–after 1912)

Olga Sergeevna Lebedeva (née Barshcheva; Russian: Ольга Сергеевна Лебедева 1854–after 1912) was one of the first to introduce Russian literature to Turkey. She is recognised for her pioneering contributions to the literary networks between the Ottoman and she Russian empires at the end of the 19th century. Lebedeva attended Kazan University, studying Continue Reading

Hester Donaldson Jenkins (1869-1941)

Hester Donaldson Jenkins (1869-1941) – a teacher at the American College for Girls in Istanbul (1900-1909). Author of books on the Orient people and the Ottoman lifestyle: Behind Turkish lattices, the story of a Turkish woman’s life (1911), Ibrahim Pasha, grand vizir of Suleiman the Continue Reading