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Seza (1903-1973)

Writer, Journalist, Women’s Rights

Her real name was Siran Zarifian and she was born in Constantinople.  There she attended the American College for girls until early 1920s when she left for Beirut, Lebanon.  She pursued her studies at Columbia University and obtained an M.A. in Journalism and Literature. She returned to Beirut after completing her studies and launched her well-known periodical, Yeridasart Hayuhin – Young Armenian Woman –  (1932-34 / 1946-1968)

“Yeridasart Hayuhi made an especially important contribution as a proponent of women’s rights, education and empowerment” – Zeitlian (2000)

You can find her books and copies of the journal at the Derian Library/Haykazyan University in Lebanon.

You can read online some of her short stories here.


Hayganush Mark (1883-1966)


feminist Writer, Editor, Journalist

She was born in Constantinople in 1883 and attended the Yesayan school. She worked as a teacher. In 1907 she married the publisher Vahan Toshigian and was in charge of editing the women’s page in the her husband’s periodical, Arshaluys. She edited a women’s periodical, Dzaghig, from 1905-1907  and founded her own feminist periodical, Hay Gin (Armenian women)  in 1919. In her articles she often raised the women’s rights issues in Constantinople and the Armenian community and cooperated with other female writers to raise awareness on the situation of women living in rural areas.

“Hayganoush Mark was a prominent Armenian feminist journalist who managed to uninterruptedly continue a woman’s journal, Hay Gin, from 1919 to 1933 in Bolis/Istanbul” –Lerna Ekmecioglu

She also published later in her life in 1954, an autobiographical book on her work and a reprint of some of the most important articles in Hay Gin.

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