Bulgarian Women's Union

The Bulgarian Women's Union (Bulgarian: Български женски съюз, 'Balgarski Zhenski Sayuz' \'b&l-gar-ski 'zhen-ski s&-'yuz\), was a women's rights organisation active in Bulgaria from 1901 to 1944.

In 1901, the organisation was founded by Vela Blagoeva, Ekaterina Karavelova, Anna Karima, Kina Konova, Julia Malinova, and Zheni Pateva.[1][2] The organization was an umbrella organization of the 27 local women's organisations that had been established in Bulgaria since 1878. It was founded as a reply to the limitations of women's education and access to university studies in the 1890s, with the goal to further women's intellectual development and participation, arranged national congresses and used Zhenski glas as its organ. It was dissolved following the communist take over in Bulgaria in 1944.

  1. 1901-1906: Anna Karima
  2. 1908-1910: Julia Malinova
  3. 1912-1926: Julia Malinova
  4. 1926-1944: Dimitrana Ivanova



  1. ^ de Haan, Daskalova & Loutfi 2006, p. 259.
  2. ^ Стоянова, Снежана (29 January 2009). "Жени Божилова Патева—Основателката и първата председателка на бургаското Женско Дружество „Самосъзнание" от 1905 г. до 1925 г." [Zheni Bozhilova-Pateva—The Founder and First Chairman of the Burgas Female Society "Self-Confidence" from 1905 to 1925]. J. B. Pateva (in Bulgarian). Burgas, Bulgaria: Независимо женско дружество "Самосъзнание". Archived from the original on 28 November 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2019. Source is a blog, but is written by a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Pedagogy of the Technical University of Sliven and contains references.