Today’s Dame of the Day is Ana Blandiana (March 25, 1942-). Born in Romania during Soviet rule, Blandiana’s father spent years in Communist prison before his accidental death several weeks after his release. Blandiana wrote poetry and worked as a literary editor and librarian; as the regime grew more restrictive, her work became more protest-oriented. Blandiana eventually entered politics and campaigned for an open society and an end to communist rule.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Elsie Ivancich Dunin (July 19, 1935-). This Croatian choreographer specializes in sword dances and other specialities of the Croatian diaspora. In 1981, she founded Cross-Cultural Dance Resources, a non-profit dedicated to the study of dance ethnology.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Ana Pessoa Pinto (1956-). Pinto began her career in exile in Mozambique before returning to East Timor and winning a seat in the nation’s Parliament. Today’s she is the country’s prosecutor general and previously served as Minister for State and Internal Administration.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Margaret Nasha. Nasha began her career as a civil servant before entering Botswana’s cabinet in 1994. She was the first female speaker of the country’s Parliament, representing Botswana’s Democratic Party.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Inge Lehmann (May 13, 1888 – February 21, 1993). This Danish seismologist and geophysicist discovered that the earth had a solid inner core and molten outer core. Her insights helped explain seismic waves and the nature of earthquake activity. Lehmann earned numerous awards including the Danish Royal Society of Science and Letters’ Gold Medal.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Slavenka Drakulić (July 4, 1949-). Born in Croatia, Drakulić began her career as a journalist writing about feminist issues for the country’s newspapers. In the 1990s, she left the country for Sweden after she received death threats for writing about the region’s civil war. While in exile, Drakulić wrote extensively about the Yugoslav wars and interviewed inmates of the International Criminal Tribunal. Today, she splits her time between Stockholm and Zagreb.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Magie Faure-Vidot. As a poet, Faure-Vidot routinely represents her home country, Seychelles, at literary competitions around the world. In addition to editing Sipay, the country’s only literary magazine, she also founded the online journal Winds Easterly. Faure-Vidot is an associate member of the Academic Institute in Paris and the International Academy of Lutece.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Martha Ruby Holland. In 1958, Holland founded Guyana’s first music school. Its rigorous grading system mirrored that of London’s Royal School of Music. When she moved to Canada in 1978, Holland becamed affiliated with Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music and continued to teach piano in her home until 2001. In 2003, her death, her children established the Ruby Holland Scholarship to assist students who cannot afford to pay for music lessons.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Faiza Al-Kharafi (1946-). In addition to earning a master’s degree from Kuwait University, Al-Karafi also founded the school’s Corrosion and Electrochemistry Research Laboratory. During this time, she studied the effect of corrosion on engine cooling systems. In 1993, Al-Kharafi became president of Kuwait University, making her the first woman to head a major university in the Middle East.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Lúcia Lobato (November 7, 1965-). After earning her law degree, Lobato was elected to East Timor’s Parliament in 2001. During the 2007 election, she ran as the only female candidate. While she did not win the election, Lobato was later appointed Minister of Justice.