Lady Bios

  • Indira Ghandi [ asia ]

    Indira Ghandi Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) was born in Allahabad, India into the politically prominent Nehru family. Her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, served as India’s first prime minister. A stubborn and highly intelligent young woman, she enjoyed an excellent education in Swiss schools and at Somerville College, Oxford. After her mother died, in 1936, Indira became something of her father's hostess, learning to navigate complex relationships of diplomacy with some of the great leaders of the world. She was elected president of the Indian National Congress in 1960. After her father’s death, Gandhi was appointed minister of information and broadcasting. When her father’s successor died abruptly in 1966, India’s congress appointed her to the post of prime minister. She surprised her father’s old colleagues when she led with a strong hand, sacking some of highest-ranking officials. Gandhi subsequently brought about great change in agricultural programs that improved the lot of her country’s poor. For a time, she was hailed as a hero. Gandhi also led a movement that became known as the Green Revolution. In an effort to address the chronic food shortages that mainly affected the extremely poor Sikh farmers of the Punjab region, Gandhi decided to increase crop diversification and food exports as a way out of the problem, creating new jobs as well as food for her countrymen Indira Gandhi served three consecutive terms as prime minister, between 1966 and 1977, and another term beginning in 1980.  
  • Irma Kurtz [ united-states ]

    Irma Kurtz Born in the states, but working in Europe most of her life, Irma Kurtz has spent 40 years ministering to other people, inciting outcry – and the occasional death threat – along the way. She is a journalist and writer – the author of two novels, three travel books, three self-help manuals – but it is for her column in Cosmopolitan that she is best known. To the women who first wrote to her in the 1970s she was a significant figure, proof that it was OK to talk openly about sex and relationships; to subsequent generations she has been a wise voice in the wilderness, as at home with a possessive boyfriend as she is with a multiple orgasm, as adept at dissecting office politics as she is at finessing mother-and-daughter relationships. Read more of the interview to learn about this very interesting woman.  
  • Isabel Huggan [ canada ]

    Isabel HugganIsabel Huggan (born 1943, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada), is a prize-winning Canadian author of fiction and personal essays.  In 1976 Isabel won first prize in a National Film Board of Canada contest for women scriptwriters for a film script based on her short story “Celia Behind Me”. Even going through many illnesses through the years, Isabel continues to write and publishes poetry, book reviews, and newspaper travel articles, and contributes to literary journals and anthologies. Isabel also wrote Belonging: Home Away from Home.  
  • Isadora Duncan [ united-states ]

    Angela Isadora Duncan (1877 or 1878-1927) was an American dancer who performed to acclaim throughout Europe. Born in California, Isadora began her dancing career at a very early age by giving lessons, in her own novel innovative approach, in her home to other neighborhood children, and this continued through her teenage years.  She became unhappy with the US so lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22.  Isadora flouted traditional mores and morality. She was bisexual, a communist and an atheist. She adopted 6 girls and had 3 children out of wedlock. She died in France when her scarf became entangled in the wheels and axle of the car in which she was riding.