3. A famous woman from my country

A famous woman from my country

We asked some British Council students to tell us about famous women from their country. This is what they said.

Princess Fatma Ismail, the patron of Egyptian knowledge, established the first university in Cairo after donating the land for the university and all the building construction costs. She was involved in a variety of charitable activities.
Ahmed, Egypt

Lika Kavjaradze was a Georgian woman. She was such a beautiful and talented actor, and everyone in Georgia loved her. And nowadays many people still like her, and her role in Georgian films. We are proud of her. Her most famous film is The Wishing Tree
Diana, Georgia

Simona Halep is a professional tennis player from Romania. She started to play tennis at the age of four. With hard work, dedication and a lot of practice, she managed to win many international competitions. She was ranked world number one in singles competitions twice (between 2017 and 2019).
Beatrice, Romania

Samira Moussa was the first female Egyptian nuclear physicist. She was born on 3 March 1917 in Egypt and died on 5 August 1952 in a car crash in the USA. She won an Order of Science and Arts. She is also known as the mother of atomic energy. Her mother died of cancer, and her father was a famous political activist. She received a Fulbright Scholarship in Atomic Radiation from the University of California.
Maged, Egypt

Ana Aslan was a Romanian doctor specialising in gerontology. She highlighted the importance of procaine in the improvement of ageing. She discovered and prepared vitamin H3 (Gerovital H3), a geriatric product registered in 30 countries, and she invented a geriatric product which has her name 'Aslavital'. Many international personalities, such as Charlie Chaplin and Salvador Dali, used her treatment. She was a member of many international academies, such as the Romanian Academy of Medicine.
Carmen, Romania

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Submitted by itzzsuhana18 on Mon, 25/03/2024 - 13:17


While Marie Popelin was the first woman in Belgium to obtain a law degree – from the ULB in 1888 – she was not allowed to practice law, a profession closed to women. This contradiction led her to found Belgium’s first organisation dedicated to women’s rights. She was ceaselessly harassed by the public and private sector and in the media, with cartoons popping up depicting her breastfeeding in court and leaving domestic duties to her victimised husband. Popelin’s work led to women being admitted to the bar in the 1920s, but she did not live to see it, having died in 1913.

Submitted by ruchaud on Thu, 07/03/2024 - 23:01


Clarice Lispector is a famous brazilian writer from the last century, her work is still studied in schools and universities.

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Submitted by Tangulo on Fri, 01/03/2024 - 00:50


Shakira, she is a wonder artist, a example of female empowerment, she have a foundation called barefoot

Submitted by Mira-nda on Tue, 27/02/2024 - 07:36


Well, I will say  about  the  king  Tamar, from Georgia  history. she  was reigned  between the 12 -13th  century , if  I am not  wrong  and  that  period was  called  " Georgian golden age"  due to its strength. It was the first case of a  woman  was the  king, maybe not only in Georgia  but  at  least in the surroundings.  Generally, Georgia history is full  of  brave  and remarkable  women.


I had a problem to publish, I hope there will not be  the same answer of me :-)

Hi  Mira-nda,
Thanks for your comment! 
In English, if we want to use a term to describe a king or queen, we could say 'a monarch'. 

So we could say this was the first case of a woman being the monarch in Georgia.

Perhaps there isn't such a word in Georgian to describe either a king or queen? 

Happy International Women's Day!

Best wishes,

Jo (LearnEnglish team)

Hello! I have noticed  the reply now.

 I think  mostly  I came across a  kingdom, and the  king, ruler or so related words  in history books or I just remember so ,but  that word exists in the Georgian language, actually quite resembles that English word ,so maybe we can say  that way. 

Thank you!

Submitted by poorna on Sat, 17/02/2024 - 06:37


Nirmala Sitaraman, finance minister of India. She is very intelligent and hardworking woman. She had struggled a lot to get in this position, being the first woman finance minister of India is a proud thing to say.

Hi poorna,

Thank you so much for telling us about Nirmala Sitaraman. That's certainly a great achievment 😊

Best wishes,

Jo (LearnEnglish team)