Famous Croatian Women - Marija Jurić Zagorka

Famous Croatian Women - Marija Jurić Zagorka

The first female journalist, Marija Jurić Zagorka, was much more than a journalist. She was an activist that fought for the right of women in a time when women did not have many rights. Aside from being a journalist, she was also a writer who wrote novels and dramas. In fact she is to this day, one of the best writers Croatia ever had. She also fought against the Germanization and Hungarization of Croatia during the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, when the height of both Germanization and Hungarization was at its peak in Croatia.

Born in Negovec, a village near Zagreb, she came to Zagreb in her early twenties, where she lived for the rest of her life. She began her career as a journalist in Zagreb and being a female journalist at that time was anything but normal and usual. Throughout her career she was ridiculed and humiliated, which subsequently forced her to work under a pseudonym that hid her gender. She ran two magazines “Ženski list” and “Hrvatica” which addressed the female public in Croatia. But what she was most famous for were novels. Her best novels were “Grička Vještica”, “Gordana”,”Jadranka” and “Kći Lotrščaka”.

She died on 30th of November, 1957 at the age of 84, leaving behind a huge legacy in Croatian culture and literature.