Lady Bios

  • Florence Falk [ united-states ]

    Florence Falk From Florence's Website: I am a psychotherapist, teacher, and writer and have maintained a clinical and consulting practice in New York City for more than twenty years. During this time, I have learned that there is nothing more important than our sense of personal freedom. Meaning begins with our sense of sovereignty, our ability to stand on our own, and above all, our relationship to the self. For as we grow into, and take delight, in ourselves - who we are and who we are becoming - we will become better companions to all: partners, spouses, lovers, family, friends, neighbors, local communities, and the global community. Growing into wholeness is the core of my work and where my passion lies. It is the reason I wrote On My Own: The Art of Being a Woman Alone. It is also what’s driving my current pursuit: a book about discovering our deepest and often hidden longings and why they matter. The return to a deep and abiding connection to one’s self is what my work is about.  
  • Florence Nightingale [ europe ]

    Florence Nightingale Florence Nightingale (1820 –1910) was a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a manager of nurses trained by her during the Crimean War, where she organised the tending to wounded soldiers. She gave nursing a highly favourable reputation and became an icon of Victorian culture, especially in the persona of “The Lady with the Lamp” making rounds of wounded soldiers at night. She went to St Thomas’ Hospital in London which was the first secular nursing school in the world.  The Nightingale Pledge taken by new nurses was named in her honour. Florence was of the opinion that women craved sympathy and were not as capable as men.  She criticized early women’s rights activists for decrying an alleged lack of careers for women at the same time that lucrative medical positions, under the supervision of Nightingale and others, went perpetually unfilled. Florence was a prodigious and versatile writer. In her lifetime much of her published work was concerned with spreading medical knowledge. Some of her tracts were written in simple English so that they could easily be understood by those with poor literary skills. She also helped popularize the graphical presentation of statistical data. Much of her writing, including her extensive work on religion and mysticism, has only been published posthumously.  
  • Freya Stark [ europe ]

    Freya StarkDame Freya Madeline Stark, Mrs Perowne (1893 – 9 May 1993) was an explorer and travel writer. She wrote more than two dozen books on her travels in the Middle East and Afghanistan, as well as several autobiographical works and essays. She was one of the first non-Arabians to travel through the southern Arabian Deserts. For her ninth birthday Freya received a copy of One Thousand and One Nights, and became fascinated with the Orient. She was often ill while young and confined to the house, so she found an outlet in reading which influenced her greatly.
  • Frieda Lefeber [ united-states ]

    Frieda Lefeber Not long after graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at the age of 83, Frieda Lefeber decided to embark on yet another creative adventure, writing her first book. In Frieda's Journey, she tells her story, from her birth in Germany in 1915 right up to the present day. Frieda shares with readers her vivid memories of the horrors of World War I, post-war Germany, the depression, life under the Hitler regime, and the pre-World War II persecution of the Jews that culminated in Kristallnacht. In opposition to the serious and gruesome details of her fear of and eventual escape from life in Germany, she shares humorous anecdotes from her childhood and her experiences as a foreigner struggling with a new language, as well as memories of her many successes and lucky breaks. She also discusses the many issues facing America's immigrant population in the latter half of the Twentieth Century, as well as the joys and talents that can be found unexpectedly even late in life. Frieda's Journey is an inspiration, and will remind the young and old alike how to live passionately and with wisdom, and to overcome hardships and come out all the better for it.  
  • Funmilayo Ransome Kuti [ africa ]

    FunmilFunmilayo Ransome Kuti ayo Ransome Kuti ( 1900 Abeokuta, Nigeria - 1978 Lagos, Nigeria) was a teacher, political campaigner, women's rights activist and traditional aristocrat. She served with distinction as one of the most prominent leaders of her generation. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti's political activism led to her being described as the doyen of female rights in Nigeria, as well as to her being regarded as "The Mother of Africa." Early on, she was a very powerful force advocating for the Nigerian woman's right to vote. She was described in 1947, as the "Lioness of Lisabi" for her leadership of the women of the Egba clan that she belonged to on a campaign against their arbitrary taxation. That struggle led to the abdication of the Egba high king Oba Ademola II in 1949. Throughout her career, she was known as an educator and activist. Funmilayo received the national honor of membership in the Order of Nigeria in 1965. The University of Ibadan bestowed upon her the honorary doctorate of laws in 1968. She also held a seat in the Western House of Chiefs of Nigeria as an oloye of the Yoruba people. Read more about this very important woman at Wikipedia.