Zagreb Heroines

When International Women’s Day was in full swing, with chocolate being scoffed all over the shop and flowers getting up everyone’s noses (we hope) we suddenly realised one thing: Women Are Great! So we thought we’d dig out the names of Zagreb’s most illustrious dames, ladies who truly left their mark on the city’s fortunes, and who featured in an exhibition celebrating women’s role in society a couple of years back. We’re focused on the past here, so if you feel your name, gentle damsel, has been missed off the list, it just means you haven’t yet passed the test of time.

And who wants to rush things? Here are the maids of honour… Ivana Hirschmann - Zagreb’s first female physical education teacher was famous for her short haircut, extrovert dress sense and penchant for smoking cigarettes! Ms Hirschmann did much to make sport acceptable for women at the beginning of the 20th century. Tragically, she ended her life in Auschwitz – she was a member of Zagreb’s Jewish community. Marija Jambrišak – This brave lady stood up in 1871 and demanded equal pay for woman teachers, and was also a tireless campaigner for the rights of Croatian people.


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