Lady Bios

  • Barbara Bush [ united-states ]

    Barbara Bush Barbara Bush (Pierce born 1925) is the wife of the 41st President of the US.  They would move twenty-nine times during their marriage. Barbara was athletic  and enjoyed swimming, tennis, and bike-riding. Her interest in reading began early in her life with the gathering with her family during the evenings and reading together. Barbara Bush had six children one of which died of leukemia at the age of four. It severely affected her and is the incident that is credited with beginning to turn her hair from a light brown color to chalk-white. During Barbara's eight years in the White House, she took an interest in literacy issues after her son Neil was diagnosed with dyslexia and began working with several different literacy organizations. She spent much time researching and learning about the factors that contributed to illiteracy – she believed homelessness was also connected to illiteracy– and started efforts  to combat both. She traveled around the country and the world, both with the Vice President on official trips and by herself. In 1984 she wrote a children's book about her family told from the point of view of her dog C. Fred entitled C. Fred's Story. She donated all proceeds from the book to literacy charities. Now comfortable speaking in front of groups, she routinely spoke to promote issues she believed in and became famous for expressing a sense of humor and self-deprecating wit.    
  • Barbara De Angelis [ united-states ]

    Barbara De Angelis Barbara De Angelis (born March 4, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)  is an American relationship consultant, lecturer and author, TV personality, relationship and personal growth adviser. Barbara received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in psychology. Barbara has written fourteen best-selling books in these fields, including  How to Make Love All the Time, Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know, Are You The One for Me? and Real Moments. Her infomercial “Making Love Work” won an award as Best Infomercial of 1994. Barbara De Angelis has been married four times. One of those marriages was annulled: the other three ended in divorce. But far from serving to prove the old maxim, Those who can’t do, teach, her poor track record, she believes, is evidence of her accumulated wisdom.  
  • Barbra Streisand

    Barbra_StreisandJoan Barbra Streisand (born 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker. During a career spanning six decades, she has become an icon in multiple fields of entertainment, winning numerous awards which includes two Academy Awards, ten Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award. Barbra is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with more than 72.5 million albums in the United States and with a total of 245 million records sold worldwide. Her father died suddenly at age 34 leaving her mother to cope. “When I wanted love from my mother, she gave me food,” Barbra says. She has married twice and has one child. Barbra is a supporter of gay rights and in 2007 helped raise funds in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat Proposition 8 in California. Visit the official Barbra Streisand website.
  • Beatrice Wood [ united-states ]

    Beatrice WoodBeatrice Wood (California 1893-1998)  was an American artist and studio potter involved in the Avant Garde movement in the United States.  She founded The Blind Man magazine in New York City with French artist Marcel Duchamp and writer Henri-Pierre Roché in 1916. She had earlier studied art and theater in Paris, and was working in New York as an actress. She later worked at sculpture and pottery. Wood was characterized as the "Mama of Dada." She settled in Ojai, California in 1948 to be near the Indian philosopher J. Krishnamurti. She became a lifelong member of the Theosophical Society – Adyar. These associations greatly influenced her artistic philosophies. At the age of 90, Wood became a writer, having been encouraged to write by her friend,  Anais Nin, a French writer. Her best-known book is her autobiography, I Shock Myself (1985). When asked the secret to her longevity, she would respond, "I owe it all to chocolate and young men."  
  • Bella Abzug [ united-states ]

    Bella Abzug Bella Abzug (1920 – 1998), nicknamed Battling Bella was a lawyer, U.S. Representative, social activist and a leader of the Women's Movement. In 1971, Bella joined other leading feminists such as Gloria Steinemand Betty Friedan to found the National Women's Political Caucus. She declared, “This woman's place is in the House—the House of Representatives,” in her successful 1970 campaign. She was later appointed to chair the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year and to plan the 1977 National Women's Conference by President Gerald Ford and led President Jimmy Carter's commission on women. Bella was one of the first members of Congress to support gay rights, introducing the first federal gay rights bill, known as the Equality Act of 1974. She was also a Zionist.  
  • Benazir Bhutto [ asia ]

    Benazir Bhutto (1953–2007) was the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan, serving two non-consecutive terms in 1988–90 and then 1993–96.  She was the first woman in Pakistan to head a major political party. Noted for her charismatic authority and political astuteness, Benazir drove initiatives for Pakistan’s economy and national security, and implemented social-capitalist policies for industrial development and growth. Benazir pursued her higher education in the United States at Harvard University, where she obtained a BA with cum laude honours where it was  said it formed “the very basis of her belief in democracy”. On 27 December 2007, Benazir was killed while leaving a campaign rally for the PPP in the run-up to the January 2008 parliamentary elections. After entering her bulletproof vehicle, Bhutto stood up through its sunroof to wave to the crowds. At this point, a gunman fired shots at her, and subsequently explosives were detonated near the vehicle killing approximately 20 people. To learn more of her tragic but great life, military, foreign and domestic affairs, women and economic issues read more.  
  • Berenice Abbott [ united-states ]

    berenice-abbottBernice Abbott was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s. Berenice went to Europe in 1921, spending two years studying sculpture in Paris and Berlin. She studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris and the Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin. In addition to her work in the visual arts, she published poetry.  Berenice first became involved with photography in 1923 when she was hired as a darkroom assistant at a portrait studio.  Later she wrote: "I took to photography like a duck to water. I never wanted to do anything else. In early 1929, she visited New York City, and upon seeing the city again, she immediately saw its photographic potential. Accordingly, she went back to Paris, closed up her studio, and returned to New York. Her first photographs of the city were taken with a hand-held Kurt-Bentzin camera, but soon she acquired a Century Universal camera which produced 8 x 10 inch negatives.  Using this large format camera, Abbott photographed New York City with the diligence and attention to detail. Her work has provided a historical chronicle of many now-destroyed buildings and neighborhoods of Manhattan. In 1935, Berenice moved into a Greenwich Village loft with the art critic Elizabeth McCausland, with whom she lived until McCausland's death in 1965.    
  • Bett Davis [ united-states ]

    Bett Davis Ruth Elizabeth Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989), known as Bett Davis, was an American actress of film, television and theater. Regarded as one of the greatest actors in world cinema history, she was noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic, sardonic characters and was reputed for her performances in a range of film genres. Bett was the co-founder of the Hollywood Canteen, and was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, was the first person to accrue 10 Academy Award nominations for acting, and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Betts' career went through several periods of eclipse, and she admitted that her success had often been at the expense of her personal relationships. Married four times, she was once widowed and thrice divorced, and raised her children as a single parent. Her final years were marred by a long period of ill health, but she continued acting until shortly before her death from breast cancer, with more than 100 films.  
  • Betty Friedan [ united-states ]

    Betty Friedan

    Betty Friedan (1921 – 2006) was an American writer, activist, and feminist. A leading figure in the women's movement in the United States, her 1963 book The Feminine Mystique is often credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism in the 20th century.

    In 1966, Friedan founded and was elected the first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), which aimed to bring women "into the mainstream of American society now in fully equal partnership with men.

  • Betty Williams [ europe ]

    Betty Williams (born 1943, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a co-recipient with Mairead Corrigan of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work as a cofounder of Community of Peace People, an organisation dedicated to promoting a peaceful resolution to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Betty Williams was drawn into the public arena after witnessing the death of three children on 10 August 1976, when they were hit by a car whose driver was a member of the IRA and  later fatally shot by British police. Within two days of the tragic event, she had obtained 6,000 signatures on a petition for peace and gained wide media attention.  
  • Beyoncé [ united-states ]

    Beyoncé Beyoncé Knowles (born 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny's Child. Managed by her father Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. She has won 20 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award's history. Beyoncé experienced depression following the split of the group after being publicly blamed by the media, critics, and blogs for its cause. Her long-standing boyfriend left her at this time. The depression was so severe it lasted for a couple of years, during which she occasionally kept herself in her bedroom for days and refused to eat anything. Her official website.  
  • Billie Burke [ united-states ]

    Billie Burke (Mary William Ethelbert Appleton) Billie Burke (1884 –1970) was an American actress, famous on Broadway and in early silent film, but is primarily known to modern audiences as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the movie musical The Wizard of Oz. Billie Burke was the wife of Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., of Ziegfeld Follies fame, from 1914 until his death in 1932. Billie's voice was unique in intonation, which she accentuated in her later character roles as dim-witted, spoiled society types. Listen to her in this short video. She toured the United States and Europe with her father, William (Billy) Burke, a singer and clown, who worked for the Barnum & Bailey Circus.  Read more about Billie's career on broadway, movies and radio.
  • Billie Jean King [ united-states ]

    Billie Jean KingBillie Jean King (née Moffitt; born  1943) is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. She won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women’s doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles. Billy Jean is an advocate for sexual equality. In 1973, at age 29, she won the so-called Battle of the Sexes tennis match against the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, and was the co-founder of the Women’s Tennis Association, World TeamTennis  and the Women’s Sports Foundation. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1971 Billy Jean began an intimate relationship with her secretary, Marilyn Barnett.  Billy Jean acknowledged the relationship when it became public in a May 1981 ‘palimony‘ lawsuit filed by Barnett, making King the first prominent professional female athlete to come out as a lesbian. . "Within 24 hours [of the lawsuit being filed], I lost all my endorsements; I lost everything. I lost $2 million at least, because I had longtime contracts. I had to play just to pay for the lawyers. In three months I went through $500,000. I was in shock. I didn’t make $2 million in my lifetime, so it’s all relative to what you make."
  • Brenda Ueland [ europe ]

    Brenda Ueland 1 Brenda Ueland (born 1913-2006)  spent her life as a staunch feminist and is said to have lived by two rules: To tell the truth, and to not do anything she didn't want to. She freelanced for many publications including the Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal, Golfer and Sportsman, and varied newspapers. She was a staff writer for Liberty Magazine and the Minneapolis Times, among other publications. She was also an  editor script writer for radio shows. In 1946, while covering the treason trials of Vidkun Quisling, Brenda was awarded the Knight of Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olaf by the Norwegian government. Brenda was concerned with animal welfare and regularly spoke out against vivisection. She worked in a no-kill animal shelter established in 1952. Brenda wrote at least 2 books If You Want to Write: a Book about Art and Me: A Memoir. She was married 3 times each ending in divorce and had one child.  By her own account she had many lovers. Brenda was very physically active well into her old age walking up to 9 miles a day.  She  set an international swimming record for people over 80 years old. Find more info at the Minnesota Historical Society.  
  • Brené Brown [ united-states ]

    Brené Brown Brené Brown (born 1965) is a scholar, author, and public speaker, who is currently a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.  She has been involved in research on a range of topics, including vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. She is the author of two #1 New York Times Bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly and others.  Her work have been featured on PBS, NPR, TED, and CNN. Brené states that vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness but it is also the birthplace of joy and creativity, of belonging and of love. Brené asserts that we learned to protect ourselves from from being hurt, diminished or disappointed by putting on emotional armor and acting invulnerable when we were children. Brené states that there are 3 vulnerability shields.  The first one is foreboding instead of joy; the second is perfectionism and the third is numbing our emotions. Go to her personal website to learn much more.  
  • Brigitte Gabriel [ united-states ]

    Brigitte Gabriel Brigitte Gabriel (a.k.a Nour Semaan, Brigitte Tudor) born October 21, 1964, is a conservative American journalist, author, political lecturer, anti-Islamic extremism activist, and founder of two non-profit political organizations, the American Congress For Truth and ACT! for America. She has given hundreds of lectures and frequently speaks at American conservative organizations such as The Heritage Foundation, Christians United for Israel, Evangelicals, and Jewish groups. Her sometimes controversial statements include that Islam keeps countries backward,  and that it teaches terrorism. and that she gives voice to "what many in America are thinking, but afraid to say out loud, for fear of being labeled a racist, bigot, Islamophobic, or intolerant." (info from Wiki)  
  • Brigitte Nicole [ canada ]

    Brigitte Nicole My name is Brigitte Nicole I am a writer, specifically quotes and self help material. I dedicate myself in providing help though my writings to people who are struggling with life. My goal is for my page to revolve my around my writings, which I fondly call “the art of words”, for I believe in the power of words to induce change personally and globally. The capacity of words to help someone has impressed me so much. To me, words are like math wherein one has to master and know a workable formula to deliver the right message. Check out Brigitte’s facebook page and her website.
  • Brittany Perloff [ united-states ]

    Brittany PerloffBrittany Perloff Morgan grew up in New York but now resides in North Carolina. She found a passion for writing at a very young age and has worked on her skill ever since. She published her first preteen fiction novel at age fourteen. On any given day, you can find her typing away.
  • Bronnie Ware [ asia ]

    Bronnie WareBronnie Ware is an Australian inspiring speaker and the author of the best-selling memoir, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, released worldwide, with translations in 27 languages. She has also released two albums of original songs, runs an online personal growth and song writing course, and writes a well-loved blog. Bronnie’s most recent book, Your Year for Change, was released in October, 2014. Prior to choosing self-employment, Bronnie’s work has included mixing cocktails on a tropical island, management in the banking sector, caring for dying people, teaching song writing to prisoners, and a few things in between. Here is her website.