A Postcard from OTMA

  The Romanov princesses referred to themselves as OTMA, the first letters of each of their names. Their mother did her best to treat them and make them appear as a oneness – a group of girls, rather than individuals. They were even dressed alike. This...

Olympic Girls: Nellie Kim

Nellie Kim made history at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal – not only did she win four medals but she also the first woman to score a perfect 10 in the floor exercise and on the vault. For Nellie this was a journey that began while she was still in school, along...

The Night Witches

It’s not Halloween, but I did recently find out about an extraordinary group of women, nicknamed ‘Nachthexen’, which translates to ‘Night Witches’. The Night Witches were a group of Russian pilots who flew in the 588th Night Bomber...

Girl Soldiers: The Chechen Wars

The first Chechen War was fought between Russia and the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. The war lasted from 1994 to 1996 and resulted in the death and displacement of thousands of Chechens. The conflict has its roots in the constitution that Chechnya adopted in 1992...

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