Lady Bios

  • Madeleine l’Engle [ united-states ]

    Madeleine l’Engle Madeleine L'Engle ( 1918–2007; née Camp) is an American writer  known for young-adult fiction, particularly  A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels: A Wind in the Door,   A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. Her works reflect both her Christian faith and her strong interest in modern science. Madeleine wrote her first story at age five and began keeping a journal at age eight.  A shy, clumsy child, she was branded as stupid by some of her teachers. Unable to please them, she retreated into her own world of books and writing.  None of Madeleine's writing attempts came to any reward. She was determined to give up writing on her 40th birthday ( 1958) when she received yet another rejection notice. She discovered that she could not give it up. A Wrinkle in Time, which she completed by 1960 was rejected more than thirty times before  it was finally published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1962. Madeleine won the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award among many others through the years. Madeleine l'Engle believed in universal salvation, writing that "All will be redeemed in God's fullness of time, all, not just the small portion of the population who have been given the grace to know and accept Christ.  As a result  many Christian bookstores refused to carry her books, which were also frequently banned from Christian schools and libraries. However, some of her most secular critics attacked her work for being too religious.  
  • Mae West [ united-states ]

    Mae West Mary Jane “Mae” West  1893 –  1980) was an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades. Known for her bawdy double entendres, Mae West made a name for herself in vaudeville and on the stage in New York before moving to Hollywood to become a comedienne, actress and writer in the motion picture industry. In consideration of her contributions to American cinema, the American Film Institute named West 15th among the greatest female stars of all time One of the more controversial movie stars of her day, she was encouraged as a performer by her mother, who, according to West, always thought that anything Mae did was fantastic.  
  • Magdalena Abakanowicz [ europe ]

    Magdalena Abakanowicz Magdalena Abakanowicz (born June 20, 1930, in Falenty, Poland) is a Polish sculptor and fiber artist. She is notable for her use of textiles as a sculptural medium. She was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, Poland from 1965 to 1990 and a visiting professor at University of California, Los Angeles in 1984. Abakanowicz currently lives and works in Warsaw. Have a look at her abundance of work.  
  • Mairead Corrigan Maguire [ europe ]

    Mairead MaguireMairead Corrigan (Maguire) (born 1944),  is a peace activist from Northern Ireland who co-founded the Women for Peace, which later became the Community for Peace People, an organization dedicated to encouraging a peaceful resolution of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. She was awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize. Mairead became active with the Northern Ireland peace movement after three of her sister's children, Anne Maguire, were killed by a car driven by Danny Lennon, a Provisional Irish Republican Army  fugitive who had been fatally shot by British troops while trying to make a getaway. After a prolonged battle with depression over the loss of her children, her sister committed suicide in 1980. A year and a half later, Mairead would marry Jackie Maguire, her late sister's widower. She has three stepchildren and two children of her own. Mairead is an outspoken critic of U.S. and British policy in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan. She has also  been personally critical of U.S. President Barack Obama’s leadership. There is so much more to read about Mairead's accomplishments on wikipedia.
  • Malala Yousafzai [ asia ]

    Malala Yousafzai Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient. She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai's advocacy has since grown into an international movement. In early 2009, when she was 11–12, Malala wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban occupation, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls in the Swat Valley. The following summer,  a journalist made a documentary about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the Second Battle of Swat. Malala rose in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television, and she was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by South African activist Desmond Tutu. On the afternoon of 9 October 2012, Malala boarded her school bus in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. A gunman asked for her by name, then pointed a pistol at her and fired three shots. One bullet hit the left side of  Malala's forehead, travelled under her skin through the length of her face, and then went into her shoulder. In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition and was  sent to  England for intensive rehabilitation. The assassination attempt sparked a national and international outpouring of support for Malala.
  • Mandy Hale [ united-states ]

    Mandy Hale
    Style & Wisdom Interview:  When & why did you start The Single Woman?
    Mandy Hale:  I started The Single Woman in January of 2010, following the demise of a bad relationship in October of ‘09. The relationship was very toxic and abusive – emotionally and physically – and I found myself in a situation I never imagined would happen to me, feeling trapped in the relationship with nowhere else to turn, because of the fact that I had alienated so many of my friends who didn’t want me to be with this guy. I made the mistake that so many women make, which was allowing the relationship to become my ENTIRE life, so even though I knew I had to leave him, it scared me to think of being completely on my own. About two months before the relationship ended, I started praying that God would give me the strength to leave. Ultimately the answer to my prayer came in the most unexpected way…  
  • Margaret Atwood [ canada ]

    Margaret Atwood Eleanor  Margaret Atwood  (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, won the Booker Prize  and won the Governor General’s Award  twice. In 2001 Margaret was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. She is also a founder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada, a non-profit literary organization that seeks to encourage Canada’s writing community. Among innumerable contributions to Canadian literature, she was a founding trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize. Margaret Atwood is also the inventor, and developer, of the LongPen and associated technologies that facilitate the remote robotic writing of documents.  
  • Margaret Lee Runbeck [ united-states ]

    Margaret Lee Runbeck

    Margaret Lee Runbeck was the author of 16 books 3 of which are: Answer Without Ceasing; A Hungry Man Dreams; Hope of Earth.

    Although not much can be found of her life, she has left a legacy on the internet with her many wonderful quotes and books.

  • Margaret Thatcher [ europe ]

    Margaret Thatcher Margaret Hilda Thatcher 1925 – 8 April 2013) was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. Margaret Thatcher was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman to have held the office. A Soviet journalist called her the "Iron Lady", a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism. Originally a research chemist before becoming a barrister, Margaret was elected Member of Parliament (MP) in 1959.   She also became Secretary of State for Education and Science. Have a look at her biography.  
  • Marianne Williamson

    Marianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson is an American internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. She is the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves home bound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area, and the co-founder of The Peace Alliance, a grassroots campaign supporting legislation to establish a United States Department of Peace. She serves on the Board of Directors of the RESULTS organization, which works to end poverty in the United States and around the world. Williamson is also behind Sister Giant, a series of seminars and teaching sessions that provides women with the information and tools needed to be political candidates. Marianne’s books include Return to Love; The Law of Divine Compensation, The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman’s Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America, A Course in Weight Loss, The Gift of Change, and A Year of Miracles. Visit Marianne's website.
  • Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach [ europe ]

    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

    Baroness  Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach   (September 13, 1830 – March 12, 1916) was an Austrian writer noted for her excellent psychological novels, she is regarded—together with Ferdinand von Saar—as one of the most important German-language writers of the latter portion of the 19th century. Marie has 27 works to her repertoire.

    She was born at the castle of Dubský (Graf von Třebomyslice) family in Zdislavice near Kroměříž in Moravia, Czech Republic, and died in Vienna, Austria.

    One of best know books is called Aphorisms which contains the entire collection of 582 aphorisms.

  • Marietta Tree [ united-states ]

    marietta peabody treeMarietta Peabody Tree (1917 -1991) was an American who was encouraged to get involved with the community. Marietta enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania in 1936, although she withdrew from the Class of 1940, reflecting the era's skepticism of higher education for women. In later years she would exclaim: "I'll never stop being grateful to my father for forcing me to go to college. It changed my life. Marietta was  political supporter who represented the United States on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
  • Marilyn Monroe [ united-states ]

    Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Marilyn began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox. Marilyn Monroe studied at the Actors Studio to broaden her range. Her “dumb blonde” persona was used to comic effect in subsequent films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). The final years of Monroe’s life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for unreliability and being difficult to work with. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture.  
  • Marjorie Holmes

    Margorie HolmesMarjorie Holmes (1910—2002) was an American columnist and best-selling Christian author of 134 books, 32 of which were best sellers. Margorie  is known best for her biblical trilogy which began with the novel Two From Galilee, a love story about Mary and Joseph. Marjorie had four children and in her spare time, wrote a twice-weekly syndicated family-life column, "Love and Laughter," for the Washington Evening Star newspaper from 1959 to 1973 and a monthly column, "A Woman's Conversations With God," from 1970 to 1975. She wrote articles in magazines such as Woman's Day, McCall's, Ladies Home Journal, Reader's Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, Today's Health and Daily Guidepost. She also taught university level writing courses.
  • Martha Graham [ united-states ]

    Martha Graham Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on the modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture. Martha danced and choreographed for over seventy years. She was the first dancer ever to perform at the White House, travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and receive the highest civilian award of the USA: the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In her lifetime Martha Graham received honors ranging from the Key to the City of Paris to Japan’s Imperial Order of the Precious Crown. She said, in the 1994 documentary “The Dancer Revealed”, “I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It’s permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable.”  
  • Martha Hughes Cannon [ europe ]

    Martha (Mattie) Hughes Cannon (1857 – 1932) A Welsh-born immigrant, her family immigrated to the United States as converts to the Mormon church and traveled West to settle in Utah territory. She started working at the age of fourteen. At sixteen she enrolled in the University of Deseret, now called the University of Utah, receiving a Bachelors in Chemistry. From there she attended the University of Michigan and received her MD. She became the fourth of six wives in a polygamous marriage to Angus M. Cannon, a prominent Mormon leader during the anti-polygamy crusade. "Mattie" exiled herself to Europe so she wouldn't have to testify against her husband. Upon returning to Utah, "Mattie" worked as a doctor and fought for women's rights. She helped put women enfranchisement into Utah's constitution when it was granted statehood in 1896. On November 3, 1896 "Mattie" became the first female State Senator elected in the United States, defeating her own husband, who was also on the ballot. She was the author of Utah sanitation laws and was a founder and member of Utah's first State Board of Health. Read more of the amazing feisty woman.
  • Martina Navratilova [ europe ]

    Martina Navratilova

    Martina Navratilova born Martina Šubertová October 18, 1956) is a retired Czech and American tennis player and coach. Billie Jean King, former World No. 1 player, said in 2006 that Navratilova is "the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who's ever lived. 

    In 2005, Tennis magazine selected Martina as the greatest female tennis player for the years 1965 through 2005. Tennis historian and journalist Bud Collins has called Navratilova "arguably, the greatest tennis player of all time."

    Martina Navratilova was World No. 1 for a total of 332 weeks in singles, and a record 237 weeks in doubles, making her the only player in history to have held the top spot in both singles and doubles for over 200 weeks. She was year-end singles No. 1 seven times.

  • Mary Ellen Chase

    Mary Ellen ChaseMary Ellen Chase ( 1887 – 1973) was an American educator, teacher, scholar, and author. She is regarded as one of the most important regional literary figures of the early twentieth century. Mary earned a Ph.D. in English and served as an assistant professor from 1922 to 1926. She taught at Smith College starting in 1926 until her retirement in 1955. She was the lifelong companion of Eleanor Duckett. Mary wrote more than 30 books, many using her cherished Maine heritage as the setting.

    Read some of her poetry on Project Gutenberg.

  • Mary Wollstonecraft [ europe ]

    Mary_Wollstonecraft Mary Wollstonecraft ( 1759 -1797) was an English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children's book. Wollstonecraft is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), in which she argues that women are not naturally inferior to men, but appear to be only because they lack education. She suggests that both men and women should be treated as rational beings and imagines a social order founded on reason. Until the late 20th century, Wollstonecraft's life, which encompassed several unconventional personal relationships, received more attention than her writing. After two ill-fated affairs, with Henry Fuseli and Gilbert Imlay (by whom she had a daughter, Fanny Imlay), Wollstonecraft married the philosopher William Godwin, one of the forefathers of the anarchist movement. Wollstonecraft died at the age of 38, eleven days after giving birth to her second daughter, leaving behind several unfinished manuscripts. This daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, became an accomplished writer herself, as Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. Read her booklet online called Vindication of  the Rights of Women, written in 1792.
  • Maya Angelou [ united-states ]

    Maya Angelou Maya Angelou born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author, poet, dancer, actress and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. Maya Angelou became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, prostitute, nightclub dancer and performer, cast member of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the decolonization of Africa. Maya was an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. In 1982, she earned the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, and worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Beginning in the 1990s, she made around 80 appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties.  
  • Melody Beattie [ united-states ]

    Melody Beattie Melody Beattie is a self-help author and a household name in addiction and recovery circles.  Her international bestselling book, Codependent No More, introduced the world to the term “codependency” in 1986. Millions of readers have trusted Melody’s words of wisdom and guidance because she knows firsthand what they’re going through. In her lifetime, she has survived abandonment, kidnapping, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, divorce, and the death of a child. “ Melody understands being overboard, which helps her throw  lifelines to those still adrift. Visit her website to learn more about Melody and this important work. View books by Melody Beattie.
  • Meryl Streep [ united-states ]

    Meryl Streep Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise Streep June 22, 1949) is an American actress and producer. A three-time Academy Award winner, she is widely regarded as one of the greatest film actresses of all time and has won many other awards. Meryl Streep is the spokesperson for the National Women’s History Museum, to which she has donated a significant amount of money (including her fee for The Iron Lady) and hosted numerous events. On October 4, 2012, Meryl donated $1 million to The Public Theater in honor of both its late founder, Joseph Papp, and her friend, the author Nora Ephron. She also supports Gucci’s “Chime For Change” campaign that aims to spread female empowerment. In 2014, Streep established two scholarships for students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell – the Meryl Streep Endowed Scholarship for English majors, and the Joan Hertzberg Endowed Scholarship (named for Streep’s former classmate at Vassar College) for math majors.  
  • Michele Roberts [ united-states ]

    Michele RobertsMichele A. Roberts (born 1956) was raised in a housing project in the South Bronx. She attended The Masters School, an elite Prep School, in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She earned her B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1977 and her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley in 1980. She began her career in 1980 at Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. She served in that role for eight years, rising to the chief of the trial division. Michele was named executive director of the National Basketball Players Association in July 2014 with a 32 of 36 vote count. Listen to an interview of Michele.
  • Michelle Obama [ united-states ]

    Michelle Obama Michelle Obama (LaVaughn Robinson born  1964) is an American lawyer and writer. She is married to the 44th  President of the United States, Barack Obama and have 2 daughters. She is the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Michelle can trace her ancestry back to slavery on both sides of her family mixed in with Irish.  She was raised on the South Side of Chicago and is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Michelle is an opponent of constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.  Michelle states: "This is an important issue for millions of Americans and it really comes down to the values of fairness and equality we want to pass down to our girls. These are basic values that kids learn at a very young age and that we encourage them to apply in all areas of their lives. And in a country where we teach our children that everyone is equal under the law, discriminating against same-sex couples just isn't right. It's as simple as that. She has become a fashion icon and role model for women, and an advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition, physical activity, and healthful eating. Michelle's official white house website.  
  • Mignon McLaughlin [ united-states ]

    Mignon McLaughlin Mignon McLaughlin (1913–1983) was an American journalist and author. In the 1950s, she began publishing aphorisms ( a terse saying, expressing a general truth, principle, or astute observation, and spoken or written in a blunt and memorable form) that were later collected in three books, entitled, The Neurotic’s Notebook, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook and The Complete Neurotic’s Notebook. Mignon worked for Vogue magazine in the 1940s, and was Copy Editor and Managing Editor of Glamour magazine in the 1960s and early 1970s. Not much more is found about Mignon McLaughlin.
  • Miuccia Prada [ europe ]

    Miuccia Prada Bianchi (born May 1949) is the Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur behind Prada and Miu Miu, a more affordable line. She took the name Miuccia Prada in the 1980s, after being adopted by an aunt. Miuccia trained at the Teatro Piccolo to become a mime and performed for five years. She was also a member of the Italian Communist Party and involved in the women’s rights movement during the seventies in Milan. She took over the family-owned luxury goods manufacturer in 1978. Since then, the company has acquired  competitors Jil Sander, Helmut Lang and shoemaker Church & Co  and has an estimated net worth of $11.1 billion. In 2002, she opened her own contemporary art gallery after collecting art for many years. The official Prada website.  
  • Mother Angelica [ united-states ]

    mother-angelica-americanMother Angelica of the Annunciation, (born Rita Antoinette Rizzo; 1923 –2016),was an American Franciscan nun best known as a television personality, and the founder of both the internationally-broadcast cable television network Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and the radio network WEWN. In 1981, Mother Angelica started broadcasting religious programs from a converted garage in Birmingham, Alabama. Over the next twenty years, she developed a media network that included radio, TV, and internet channels as well as printed media. Read about her horrible childhood, teen years and the things that led her to become a nun.
  • Mother Teresa [ asia ]

    Mother Teresa Blessed Teresa of Calcutta,  commonly known as Mother Teresa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), was a Roman Catholic Religious Sister and missionary of Albanian origin, her family originating from Kosovo who lived for most of her life in India. Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children’s and family counselling programmes; orphanages; and schools. Members of the institute must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, and the fourth vow, to give “wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor”. Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honours including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2003, she was beatified as “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta”. A second miracle credited to her intercession is required before she can be recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church.