Who Are Some Famous Albanian Women?


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Two famous Albanian women were Mother Teresa and Khanum Sadije Toptani Zogu. The former was a nun, and the latter was the mother of King Zog I and the Queen Mother of Albania from 1928 to 1934.

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Mother Teresa was an ethnic Albanian born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Skopje, which was then part of the Ottoman Empire. She decided early in her life to become a nun and joined the Sisters of Loreto as a novitiate when she was 18.

Sister Teresa went to teach in Calcutta, India, but was distressed by the poverty she saw there. In October 1950, the Pope gave her permission to found the Missionaries of Charity. By the time of her death, it ran charity centers, hospices, orphanages and refuges throughout the world.

Mother Teresa was given a state funeral in India after her death on Sept. 5, 1997. She was beatified on Oct. 19, 2003, by Pope John Paul II.

Khanum Sadije Toptani Zogu was born in Tirana, which was also part of the Ottoman empire at the time and is now the capital of Albania. When a disgruntled father sought her son's life when he refused to marry his daughter, the Queen supervised the royal kitchens to make sure Zog wasn't poisoned.

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