Today’s Dame of the Day is Svetlana Alexievich (May 31, 1948-). Following school, Alexievich worked at numerous Belarusian newspapers and, after college, became a correspondent at a literary magazine. Her projects interviewed survivors of World War II, the Soviet-Afghan War, and the fall of the Soviet Union. In 2015, Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Irina Krush (December 24, 1983-). Born in Ukraine, Krush moved to Brooklyn, New York with her family when she was five. As a high school student, Krush participated on her school’s competitive chess team. In 1998, Krush won the U.S. Women’s Chess Championship, becoming the youngest champion ever at age 14. Since her initial victory, Krush went on to dominate the competition, winning the title in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.