Woman of the week:

Elisabeth von Thadden

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Elisabeth von Thadden


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Woman of the week:

Adèle Hugo

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Adèle Hugo


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Woman of the week:

Pina Bausch

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Pina Bausch


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Woman of the week:

Anna Ladurner Hofer

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born 27 July 1765 in Algund near Merano
died 6 December 1836 in St. Leonhard in Passeier

Innkeeper and wife of the Tyrolean freedom fighter Andreas Hofer


She was the wife of a national hero, mother of seven children; during the long years of her husband’s absence she maintained and financially restored the debt-laden inn that he had taken over; she wangled a pension and a title of nobility from the Emperor a few months after her husband had been executed. Her tombstone – which was erected only decades after her death during the 1909 centenary of the Tyrolean struggle for liberation on Mount Isel near Innsbruck – identifies her by her maiden name: “Anna Ladurner, Andreas Hofer’s wife.” They had left off the title “Edle (Noblewoman) …

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Woman of the week:

Liesl Karlstadt

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Liesl Karlstadt


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Woman of the week:

Franca Magnani

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Franca Magnani


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Woman of the week:

Marianne Weber

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Marianne Weber


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Woman of the week:

Helen Sawyer Hogg

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Woman of the week:

Germaine Krull

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Germaine Krull


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Woman of the week:

Andreina Emeri

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Andreina Emeri

Born 1 February 1936 in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy
Died 30 July 1985 on a trip to the North Cape, Norway

Italian feminist, attorney and political leader from South Tyrol


Andreina Emeri was one of the leading women of South Tyrol during the 1970’s and 80’s. Inspired by the spirit of activism and liberation sparked by the generation of 1968 and the student movement, women began to organize themselves in groups. Andreina Emeri was present when the „Alexandra Kollontai Group“ was formed in Bolzano in 1971 and remained an active member until her death. The group defined itself as a collective – „collettivo“: there was no chairwoman or hierarchy, and decisions were taken collectively as a matter of principle. Thursday was „Kollontai-day.“ Promptly at eight-thirty the women gathered, often at …

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Woman of the week:

Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler

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Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler

born 4 December 1899 in Dresden-Löbtau
murdered on 31 July 1940 in Sonnenstein mental institution in Pirna

German painter
110th birthday 4 December 2009


The tragedy of this great artist’s life can hardly be imagined. Given their narrow middle-class background, Elfriede Wächtler’s parents were totally unprepared to cope with the brilliance and eccentricity of their daughter and tried—unsuccessfully—to block her career as an artist. Elfriede attended the Academy of Art in Dresden and left home at the age of sixteen, earning her living by making batik articles. She associated with the artistic bohème of Dresden, became a devotee of Dada, and attended events of the Spartacus League, educating herself politically and socially, as did many sensitive young people shocked by the horrors of World …

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Hedwig Dohm