Woman of the week:

Buchi Emecheta

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Buchi Emecheta
born on July 21, 1944 in Yaba near Lagos, Nigeria
Nigerian-British writer
60th birthday on July 21, 2004


Many say that Buchi Emecheta is to date the most important female African writer.  She is certainly Nigeria’s best known woman writer, and is respected for her imaginative and documentary writing about African women’s experiences in Africa and in Great Britain. Emecheta was born with the full name Florence Onye Buchi Emecheta, in Yaba near Lagos, Nigeria on July 21, 1944.  Her mother was Alice Ogbanje Okwuekwu Emecheta, and her father was Jeremy Nwabudike Emecheta, who worked as a molder on the railways.  Buchi dreamed of being a writer from an early age, influenced by an older aunt who told …

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Woman of the week:

Lou Albert-Lasard

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Lou Albert-Lasard


This biography is not yet available in English. You can find the German version here


Woman of the week:

Amalie Sieveking

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Amalie Sieveking


This biography is not yet available in English. You can find the German version here


Woman of the week:

Gabriele von Glasow

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Gabriele von Glasow

born 12 May 1928 in Partheinen, East Prussia
died 24 July 2004 in Hannover

German painter, singer and professor of voice
85th birthday on 12 May 2013


Gabriele von Glasow was the second of five daughters and two sons of the East Prussian landowner Ernst von Glasow and his wife Charlotte, née von Berg, and grew up on the estate Partheinen near the Frisches Haff. Like her siblings she attended the village school for two years and was then taught by a private tutor. From the age of ten she went to a girls’ high school in Königsberg and lived in a boarding house during the week. Even as a child Gabriele was constantly occupied with drawing—probably inherited from her artistically gifted father, whose gigantic fresco (some …

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Woman of the week:

Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia

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This biography is not yet available in English. You can find the German version here There is also Italian version.


Woman of the week:

Hilde Domin

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Hilde Domin

Hilde Domin (Dr. Hilde Palm, née Löwenstein)

Born 27 July 1909 in Köln/Cologne
Died 22 February 2006 in Heidelberg

German lyric poet, author, translator


She later described her life as a “linguistic odyssey,” a journey from one language to the next. But her native German remained her constant home throughout the years of exile. Raised in a Jewish family in Köln (Cologne), Hilde Löwenstein first studied law, then philosophy and political science in Heidelberg, Köln and Berlin. Because of her Jewish background and her socialist involvement she decided at 23 to leave Germany at the end of 1932 and continue her studies in Italy. In 1935 she received her doctorate in Florence in political science; in 1936 she married her fellow student, the art …

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