Lady Bios

  • Aarti Khurana

    Aarti Khurana From the Aarti Khurana page: Life is a beautiful struggle and a real challenge. People all over the planet are searching for the meaning, purpose and fulfillment of life. Everyone is constantly striving to be happy, to be appreciated and to be loved. But we tend to forget or overlook that behind all of these human desires is the creative impulse of our soul. It moves through each of us and through the world we create. And its only when we can truly understand, love and respond to our soul we find meaning in all of our experiences – even the difficult ones. Lets come together and try to grasp the bigger picture of who we are and discover how to distinguish our personality from our soul. Join me on my soulful journey called LIFE and let’s spiritually grow together to create a beautiful world around us…
  • Acuna de Chaupe [ south-america ]

    Acuna de Chaupe Indigenous Peruvian farm worker Maxima Acuna de Chaupe withstood violent eviction attempts, beatings, and a legal battle to protect her land from being turned into an open-pit gold mine. For over three years, indigenous Peruvian farm worker Maxima  has refused to allow a U.S.-based multinational corporation to turn her land into an open-pit gold mine, withstanding multiple violent eviction attempts by corporate and state agents. (December 2014)  Maxima finally saw victory when a Peruvian appeals court struck down a lawsuit levied by the Yanacocha mine—which is 51 percent owned by Colorado’s Newmont Mining Corporation—that had sought to expel and imprison the family for “invading” their own land. The ruling is an important win in a case that has become a rallying point for local resistance to multinational plunder. Read the rest of the story of this brave woman!
  • Agatha Christie [ europe ]

    Agatha Christie Agatha Christie (Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller) was born in 1890 in Torquay, Devon, South West England into a comfortably well off middle class family. What made her upbringing unusual, even for its time, was that she was home schooled largely by her father, an American. Her mother, Clara, who was an excellent storyteller, did not want her to learn to read until she was eight but Agatha, bored and as the only child at home (she was a much loved “after thought” with two older siblings) taught herself to read by the age of five. At this time her father, not well since the advent of financial difficulties, died after a series of heart attacks. Clara was distraught and Agatha became her mother’s closest companion. They found a way to move forward and from the age of 15 Agatha boarded at a succession of pensions and took piano and singing lessons. She could have been a professional pianist but for her excruciating shyness in front of those she did not know. By the age of 18 she was amusing herself with writing short stories – some of which were published in much revised form in the 1930s. Various marriage proposals followed. But it was in 1912 that Agatha met Archie Christie, a qualified aviator who had applied to join the Royal Flying Corps. Their courtship was a whirlwind affair with no money.   They married on Christmas Eve 1914. He would be unfaithful. Agatha had a course of psychiatric treatments to deal with her life.  
  • Agnes Macphail [ canada ]

    Agnes Macphail Agnes Macphail (Campbell March 1890–1954) was the first woman to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons, and one of the first two women elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Agnes was active throughout her life in Canadian politics and worked for two separate parties and promoted her ideas through column-writing, activist organizing, and legislation. She never married. She was raised in the Methodist Church, but converted to the Reorganized Latter Day Saint church as a teenager. She got her Teachers Certificate and taught at various schools in Ontario. Agnes joined the United Farmers of Ontario (UFO) and its women's organization, the United Farm Women of Ontario. She also became a columnist for the Farmer's Sun. Causes she championed included pensions for seniors and workers' rights. Agnes was also the first Canadian woman delegate to the League of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, where she worked with the World Disarmament Committee. Although a pacifist, she voted for Canada to enter World War II. More about Agnes at The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  • Agnes Pahro

    Agnes Pharo  (1904-1985) was a talented artist and writer, as well as a terrific grandmother – but she is best known for the Christmas quotes. Learn a little more from the personal website of a granddaughter.
  • Alanis Morissette

    Alanis Morissette Alanis Morissette (born 1974) is a Canadian alternative rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress. She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Alanis began her career in Canada, and as a teenager recorded two dance-pop albums, Alanis and Now Is the Time, under MCA Records Canada. Some of her albums are: Jagged Little Pill, (released in 1995 sold more than 33 million units globally); Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie,; Under Rug Swept; So-Called Chaos; Flavors of Entanglement  and her eighth was Havoc and Bright Lights, Alanis has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. Morissette is also known for her powerful and emotive mezzo-soprano voice and is dubbed  as the "Queen of alt-rock angst".
  • Alice Domar

    Alice Domar Alice Domar (PhD) is a pioneer in the field of mind/body medicine. She conducts ongoing ground-breaking research which focuses on the relationship between stress and various medical conditions, as well as the impact of lifestyle habits on mental and physical health. Dr. Domar is a best-selling author, media authority and sought-after public speaker. She is the author of numerous books, and is on the advisory board for Parents Magazine, Resolve and Easy Eats.  She has been on the Board of Experts for LLuminari and a columnist for Redbook and Health magazines. She was also a featured expert on the online social health network Some of her books are:  Be Happy Without Being Perfect, Self-Nurture and Healing Mind – Healthy Woman. Check out Dr. Domar’s website.  
  • Alice Harris [ europe ]

    Alice Seely HarrisAlice (Seeley) Harris (1870–1970) was an English missionary and an early documentary photographer.  At 19 , Alice entered the Civil Service and was later appointed to the Accountant General’s office in GPO London which she later left to enter Doric Lodge, the RBMU’s (Region Beyond Missionary Union, previously the Congo Balolo Mission) Missionary Training College and in 1894, met her future husband John Harris with whom she would have four children. Finally in 1897, after seven years of trying, Alice was accepted to go out to the Congo Free State. Alice was appalled and saddened at what she witnessed in the so-called Congo Free State and began campaigning for the human rights of the Congolese natives to be recognized. It would be Alice's  photography that helped  expose the human rights abuses in the Congo Free State under the regime of Leopold II, King of the Belgians whose  method of coercion included whipping, hostage-taking, rape and murder, and burning of gardens and villages. Read more of Alice at Autograph ABP and listen to an interview with Alice in her later years.    
  • Alice Swaim [ europe ]

    alice mackenzie swaim scotlandAlice Mackenzie Swaim, ( 1911-1996) internationally renowned poet, was born  at Craigdam, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Alice is the product of intellectual parents (father was a minister and mother had Master in Arts degree) and of a cultural environment extraordinaire.  The many poems that she created can have classical allusions because in childhood and youth she read practically all of the classics. Alice remembered her early years in Scotland as idyllic and wrote often of the beauty of those days and of her childhood by the sea. In 1928, when she was just seventeen years of age, the family emigrated to America and settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  In 1932, at her family’s home in Pittsburgh, Alice married William Thomas Swaim, Jr., a minister’s son. Alice was a member of many writers organizations as well as poet critic, a columnist writer, book reviewer and poet judge.  Her work has been published in well over 100 periodicals. Alice earned more than 800 awards and citations one of which was Woman of the Year Award. Read more.
  • Alice Walker [ united-states ]

    Alice Walker Alice Walker (born  1944) is an  author and activist. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple (1982) for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Amongst many Alice wrote Possessing the Secret of Joy, In Search of Our Mother's Gardens and You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down. In 1952, Alice was accidentally wounded in the right eye by a shot from a BB gun fired by one of her brothers. Because the family had no car, the Walkers could not take their daughter to a hospital for immediate treatment. By the time they reached a doctor a week later, she had become permanently blind in that eye. When a layer of scar tissue formed over her wounded eye, Alice became self-conscious and painfully shy. Stared at and sometimes taunted, she felt like an outcast and turned for solace to reading and to writing poetry. When she was 14, the scar tissue was removed. She later became valedictorian and was voted most-popular girl, as well as queen of her senior class, but she realized that her traumatic injury had some value: it had allowed her to begin “really to see people and things, really to notice relationships. Check out the Alice Walker website to see what this lady is all about.
  • Amelia Earhart [ united-states ]

    Amelia Earhart Mary Amelia Earhart (1897 –1937) was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. When 10-year-old Amelia  saw her first plane at a state fair, she was not impressed. "It was a thing of rusty wire and wood and looked not at all interesting," she dismissively said. It wasn't until she attended a stunt-flying exhibition, almost a decade later, that she became seriously interested in aviation. A pilot spotted Ameilia and her friend, who were watching from an isolated clearing, and dove at them. "I am sure he said to himself, 'Watch me make them scamper,'" she exclaimed. Amelia, who felt a mixture of fear and pleasure, stood her ground. As the plane swooped by, something inside her awakened. "I did not understand it at the time," she admitted, "but I believe that little red airplane said something to me as it swished by." On December 28, 1920, pilot Frank Hawks gave her a ride that would forever change her life. "By the time I had got two or three hundred feet off the ground, I knew I had to fly." Although Amelia's convictions were strong, challenging, prejudicial, and financial obstacles awaited her, but the former tomboy was no stranger to disapproval or doubt. Defying conventional feminine behavior, a young Earhart climbed trees, "belly slammed" her sled to start it downhill, and hunted rats with a .22 rifle. She also kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about successful women in predominantly male-oriented fields, including film direction and production, law, advertising, management, and mechanical engineering. Read more about the one and only Amelia on her  personal website.  
  • Amy Gatliff [ united-states ]

    AAmy Gatliffmy Gatliff and her husband currently reside in Corbin, Kentucky, with their three children.  Amy enjoys being a stay-at-home mother. She is involved with the local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Organization as a Mentor Mom.  Here she exists to encourage, equip and develop every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ.  She is also a volunteer at her local church and helps with administrative duties and Sunday school teaching. Her book is called The Power to Never Give Up: When Life’s Battles Become Our Greatest Testimonies Visit her website.
  • Amy Poehler

    Amy Poehler Meredith Amy Poehler (born  1971) is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer and writer. She moved to Chicago, Illinois to study improv at The Second City and ImprovOlympic. In 1996, she moved to New York City after becoming part of the improvisational comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, which later developed into an eponymous television show that aired on Comedy Central for three seasons. Poehler was also one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 1999. She is a 15-time Emmy Award nominee. Amy has done a lot of acting/comedy and through all that has had two children… 2008, Archibald William “Archie” Emerson Arnett and Abel James Arnett, on August 6, 2010.
  • Anais Nin [ europe ]

    Anais Nin Anais Nin was an author in France and became an established author in the United States. She wrote journals (which span more than 60 years, beginning when she was 11 years old and ending shortly before her death), novels, critical studies, essays, short stories, and erotica. A great deal of her work, including Delta of Venus and Little Birds, was published posthumously. Anais is hailed by many critics as one of the finest writers of female erotica. She was one of the first women known to explore fully the realm of erotic writing, and certainly the first prominent woman in the modern West known to write erotica. Anais was married several times  and referred to her simultaneous marriages as her “bicoastal trapeze” In 1973 Anais Nin received an honorary doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Art. She was elected to the United States National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1974. She died in Los Angeles in 1977, three years after being diagnosed with cancer.
  • Andréa Balt

    Andrea Balt From Andréa Balt website: I’m a Writer, Blogger, Wellness Alchemist and overall Renaissance Woman. I am also Co-Founder of  and Creativity Curator here, at Creative Rehab. I hold a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. In my work, I try to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Mind & Body + Darkness & Brilliance into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of ourselves. I am also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as our official Superpower and essential Human Right — to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration.
  • Andrea Nugent [ canada ]

    Andrea Nugent Andrea Nugent, born 1968 in Montreal, studied modern languages at McGill while competing with the swim team from 1988 to 1993. One of the most prolific swimmers in school history, she achieved All-Canadian honours three times. Over the course of her university career, Andrea won seven gold medals, two silvers and one bronze at the CIS national championships, establishing CIS meet records in the 50-metre butterfly and the 100m freestyle. While swimming for McGill University in the 1992-93 season, she went undefeated in 25 consecutive races (which included three events -- the 50- and 100-metre freestyles, plus the 100-metre butterfly). She went on to capture the Gladys Bean trophy as McGill's female athlete of the year and was also the Quebec conference nominee for the Howard-Mackie Award, presented to the top student-athlete in the country. She won five medals for Canada during the World University FISU Games at Sheffield, England in 1991 and at Buffalo in 1993. A two-time Olympian for Canada, Nugent won bronze for Canada at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand and bronze at the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul. Andrea also competed at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where she served as captain of the swim team. Andrea was inducted into the McGill Sports Hall of Fame on October 18th, 2007.  
  • Angela Davis [ united-states ]

    Angela Davis Angela Davis (born 1944) is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, although she was never a party member. Angela's interests included prisoner rights; she founded Critical Resistance, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex. She is a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a former director of the university's Feminist Studies department.
  • Angela Merkel [ europe ]

    Angela Merkel Angela Merkel (born Angela Dorothea Kasner 1954) in Hamburg, Germany grew up in the then German Democratic Republic. She earned a doctorate in physics in 1978  and later worked as a research scientist  at the Central Institute for Physical Chemistry from 1978 to 1990. Angela has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and the Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000. She is the first woman to hold either office. In 2007 Angela became  President of the European Council and chaired the G8, the second woman to do so. She played a central role in the negotiation of the Treaty of Lisbon and the Berlin Declaration. One of her priorities was also to strengthen transatlantic economic relations by signing the agreement for the Transatlantic Economic Council on 30 April 2007. Angela has played a crucial role in managing the financial crisis at the European and international level and has been referred to as "the decider". In domestic policy, health care reform and problems concerning future energy development have been major issues during her Chancellorship. She has been married twice and has no children.  Read so much more about this powerful woman on wikipedia.
  • Angelina Jolie [ united-states ]

    AAngelina Joliengelina Jolie (Voight- Pitt) born June 1975) is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. Jolie first witnessed the effects of a humanitarian crisis while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) in war-torn Cambodia, an experience she later credited with having brought her a greater understanding of the world. Upon her return home, she contacted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for information on international trouble spots. To learn more about the conditions in these areas, she began visiting refugee camps around the world. In February 2001, she went on her first field visit, an 18-day mission to Sierra Leone and Tanzania; she later expressed her shock at what she had witnessed. Because of her  humanitarian efforts, she has received a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and an honorary damehood of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG), among other honors. She promotes various causes, including conservation, education, and women’s rights.  
  • Ann Patchett

    Ann Patchett was born (1963) in Los Angeles, California. She attended a private Catholic school for girls in Nashville until graduation. Her first published work was in The Paris Review,  before she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. In 2010, she co-founded the bookstore Parnassus Books with Karen Hayes; the store opened in November 2011. In 2016, Parnassus Books branched out with a mobile bookmobile, piggybacking on success of food trucks, and expanding the reach of the bookstore in Nashville.  In 2012, Ann Patchett was on the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world by TIME magazine. Check out Ann's 7 novels on her personal website and her many awards.
  • Anna Deavere

    Anna Deavere As a dramatist, Anna Deavere Smith was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993 for Fires in the Mirror which won her a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show. She was nominated for two Tony Awards in 1994 for Twilight: one for Best Actress and another for Best Play. The play won her a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and a Theatre World Award. Anna was one of the 1996 recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, often referred to as the "genius grant." She also won a 2006 Fletcher Foundation Fellowship for her contribution to civil rights issues, as well as a 2008 Matrix Award from the New York Women in Communications, Inc. In 2009, she won a Fellow Award in Theater Arts from United States Artists.  
  • Anna Perera [ europe ]

    FroAnna Pereram Anna's website: Anna Perera was born in London to a Sri Lankan, Buddhist father and Irish, Catholic mother and grew up twenty miles away. After teaching English in two secondary schools in London, she ran a unit for teenage boys who were excluded from school and later did an MA in Writing For Children at Winchester University. She lives in London and has a grown-up son. In 2006, she attended a gig for the charity where she learned children had also been abducted and rendered to Guantanamo Bay. This event was the inspiration for the critically acclaimed novel which has been translated into several languages and nominated for many awards, including shortlisting for The Costa Children’s Book Award. Her recent YA Novel: The Glass Collector tells the story of 15 year old Aaron and his life in the slums of present day Egypt.
  • Anna Quindlen

    Anna Quindlen Anna Quindlen (born 1953) is an author, journalist, and opinion columnist whose New York Times column, Public and Private, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992. She also worked for Newsweek. Anna is known as a critic of what she perceives to be the fast-paced and increasingly materialistic nature of modern American life. Much of her personal writing centers on her mother who died at the age of 40 from ovarian cancer, when Anna was 19 years old. She has written five best-selling novels, three of which have been made into movies: One True Thing, Black and Blue and Blessings.  
  • Anne Alexander [ united-states ]

    Anne Alexander     Anne Alexander wrote the book Win the Fat War: 145 Real-Life Secrets to Weight- Loss Success.  
  • Anne Frank [ europe ]

    Anne Frank Annelies Marie Anne Frank (1929–1945) was a diarist and writer and is one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Her wartime diary "The Diary of a Young Girl" has been the basis for several plays and films. Born in the city of Frankfurt in Weimar Germany, she lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. Born a German national, Frank lost her citizenship in 1941. She gained international fame posthumously after her diary was published. It documents her experiences hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. Read more about Anne and her life on her personal website. Go into Anne's hiding place in 3D.
  • Anne Hathaway

    Anne Hatheway

    Anne Hathaway (Jacqueline  born November 12, 1982) is an American actress. After several stage roles on stage she appeared in many movies in which she won awards.

    In 2012, she portrayed  Fantine in Tom Hooper's Les Misérables. Her performance  earned her rave reviews and several accolades, including the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the BAFTA Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

    Anne was raised Roman Catholic with what she considers "really strong values", and has stated she wanted to be a nun during her childhood. Her relationship with the Catholic Church changed at the age of 15, after learning her brother Michael was gay. She has stated: "I realized my older brother was gay, and I couldn't support a religion that didn't support my brother. Now I call myself a nondenominational Christian, because I haven't found the religion for me.

  • Anne Lamott

    Anne Lamott Anne Lamott (born 1954) is a novelist and non-fiction writer. She is also a progressive political activist, public speaker, and writing teacher. Her nonfiction works are largely autobiographical, marked by their self-deprecating humor and openness and covers such subjects as alcoholism, single-motherhood, depression, and Christianity. Anne  is often called the “People’s Author”. She has described why she writes: “I try to write the books I would love to come upon, that are honest, concerned with real lives, human hearts, spiritual transformation, families, secrets, wonder, craziness—and that can make me laugh. When I am reading a book like this, I feel rich and profoundly relieved to be in the presence of someone who will share the truth with me, and throw the lights on a little, and I try to write these kinds of books. Books, for me, are medicine.”
  • Annie Besant [ europe ]

    Annie Besant Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) was a prominent British socialist, theosophist, women’s rights activist, writer and orator and supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule. In 1867, Annie at age 20, married a clergyman and  had two children, but Annie’s increasingly anti-religious views led to a legal separation. She then became a prominent speaker for the National Secular Society (separation of church and state). In 1877 she and friend Charles Bradlaugh  were prosecuted for publishing a book on birth control. The scandal made them famous. Annie became involved with union actions including the Bloody Sunday demonstration and the London matchgirls strike of 1888. She was a leading speaker for the Fabian Society and the Marxist Social Democratic Federation (SDF). She was elected to the London School Board, topping the poll even though few women were qualified to vote at that time. Annie died in India after doing much in that country. Check out the many more things that Annie accomplished in her lifetime.  
  • Annie Dillard [ united-states ]

    Annie Dillard Annie Dillard (born 1945) is an American author, best known for her narrative prose in both fiction and non-fiction. She has published works of poetry, essays, prose, and literary criticism, as well as two novels and one memoir. Annie wrote The Maytrees and her 1974 work Pilgrim at Tinker Creek won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction  which made Random House's survey of the century's 100 best nonfiction books. Annie has written many other books, essays and poetry and has won many awards. Dillard taught for 21 years in the English department of Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut and has been married three times. Annie's official website.  
  • Annie Kagan [ united-states ]

    Annie Kagan Annie Kagan, a chiropractor and songwriter living in Manhattan, abandoned her hectic city life in search of serenity in a small, secluded house by the bay. When her brother Billy died unexpectedly and began speaking to her from the afterlife, Annie agreed to accompany him on his journey through the mysteries of death. As Billy reaches from the “other side” to change his sister’s life and the lives of those around her, he shares secrets about the bliss and wonder to come in the afterlife. The fascinating, true story of her on-going, after death communication with her brother Billy is recounted in her debut book: The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad Boy Brother Proved to Me There is Life After Death.