IWD: 5 remarkable Welsh and Hungarian women

Today is International Women’s Day, a celebration of the achievements of women in all walks of life. To mark this special day, Magyar Cymru wanted to highlight the stories of some of the most remarkable Hungarian and Welsh women in recent history…


Krisztina Egerszegi 🇭🇺

Krisztina Egerszegi is one of Hungary’s most successful Olympians – and is often seen as one of the greatest female swimmers of all time! With a total of five gold medals, she is one of just two female swimmers to win the same event (200m backstroke) at three consecutive games: in 1988, 1992 and 1996.

Julia Gillard 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Born in Barry to parents from Cwmgwrach in South Wales, Julia Gillard grew up in Australia and became the country’s first ever female Prime Minister in 2010. She has championed women’s rights through her career, overcoming gender barriers to become the first Australian Labour leader.

Magda Szabó 🇭🇺

Magda Szabó (1917-2007) was a Hungarian writer, often regarded as Hungary’s foremost female novelist. She also wrote dramas, essays, studies, memories and poetry. Szabó received several prizes in Hungary, and her works have been published in 42 countries. In 2003, she was the winner of the French literary prize Prix Femina Étranger for the best foreign novel.

Dame Shirley Bassey 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Born in Cardiff, Dame Shirley Bassey has had a singing career spanning more than six decades, and is well-known for recording the theme songs to three James Bond films. The road leading to Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales was named after the singer, in honour of her charitable work as patron of the hospital.

Katalin Karády 🇭🇺

Hungarian actress and singer Katalin Karády (1910-1990) became one of Hungary’s most celebrated movie stars in the 1940s. Outside her home country, she is best known as an awardee of the Righteous among the Nations honorific for risking her life to save Jews during the Holocaust.

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