Lady Bios

  • Vandana Shiva [ asia ]

    Vandana Shiva Vandana Shiva (born  1952) is an Indian scholar, environmental activist and anti-globalization author who is based in Delhi, has authored more than 20 books. She is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as the alter-globalization movement.  She has argued for the wisdom of many traditional practices. She is a member of the scientific committee of the Fundacion IDEAS, Spain's Socialist Party's think tank. She is also a member of the International Organization for a Participatory Society.  Vandana  has fought against advances in the fields of agriculture and food. Intellectual property rights, biodiversity, biotechnology, bioethics, genetic engineering, are among the fields where Shiva has fought through activist campaigns. She has assisted grassroots organizations of the Green movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland, and Austria with campaigns against advances in agricultural development via genetic engineering. Read the more on Wiki.  
  • Vicki Baum [ europe ]

    Vicki Baum Vicki Baum (1888 –1960) was born in Vienna into a Jewish family. She began her artistic career as a musician playing the harp. She studied at the Vienna Conservatory and played in an orchestra in Germany for three years and later worked as a journalist in Berlin. She was married twice. Baum took up boxing in the late 1920s. She trained with Turkish prizefighter Sabri Mahir at his Studio for Boxing and Physical Culture in Berlin. Although the studio was open to men and women, Baum writes in her memoir, It Was All Quite Different (1964), that only a few women (including Marlene Dietrich and Carola Neher) trained there: “I don’t know how the feminine element sneaked into those masculine realms, but in any case, only three or four of us were tough enough to go through with it.” Vicki Baum ironically refers to herself as a “first-class writer of the second rank. Read her bio at Female Bio.
  • Victoria Osteen [ united-states ]

    Victoria Osteen Victoria Osteen (born March 28, 1961) is the co-pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, an author, the wife of Joel Osteen, Osteen founded the Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry in 2003, where she currently serves as co-pastor. Her part of the service is not broadcast throughout most of the world; however, she can be seen on a one-hour program broadcast on the Daystar Television Network and through a live internet feed. Her other activities include a regular feature on Houston radio station 89.3 KSBJ. She also supports the organizations Feed the Children and The Bridge, a shelter for battered women.
  • Victoria Secunda [ united-states ]

    Victoria Secunda

    Victoria Secunda is an award-winning author and journalist whose work has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, TV Guide and Woman’s Day. She has written eight books including Losing Your Parents, Finding You Self; When Madness Comes Home, which won the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) 2000 June Roth Award for a Medical Book; Women and Their Fathers, which received ASJA’s 1993 Author of the Year Award; and When You And Your Mother Can’t Be Friends.

    Victoria, who served on Matilda Cuomo’s New York State Citizens Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, The Early Show, the BBC, and National Public Radio. She began her career at Newsweek; has worked as an editor for Readers Digest; an associate producer for National Educational Television; a researcher for CBS News; a commentator for NPR station WYLL; CNN;and a columnist for Gannett Newspapers.

    She is the gardening editor of Ridgefield Magazine for which she writes a column, “The Greening Thumb,” which won the 2004 Best Column of the Year Award from the Connecticut Press Club.

  • Virginia Woolf

    Adeline Virginia Woolf (née Stephen 1882-1941) was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. She was educated by her parents in their literate and well-connected household. Her parents had each been married previously and been widowed, and consequently, the household contained the children of three marriages. Virginia suffered from severe bouts of mental illness throughout her life  and took her own life by drowning in 1941 at the age of 59. To see her list of books and read the sad story of her life go to here.