5 Famous Women in the History of Romania

Romanian ladies are best known abroad for their unique beauty, but that doesn’t mean they do not do anything except being beautiful. Here is a list of five women who remained well-known for their actions in history.

Queen Marie of Romania was the last queen of Romania, as the wife of King Ferdinand I. She was born in the British royal family, as Princess Marie of Edinburgh. She was to marry her cousin, King George V, but she refused and married Ferdinand I instead, the heir apparent of King Carol I, who was the first king of Romania. She was very popular in Romania as well as abroad. She was known for her talent in horse-riding, painting, writing, sculpting, dancing and for her beauty. She is also known under the alias of “Mother of the Wounded” or “Mamma Regina” as she was a nurse during the First World War.

Ana Aslan was a biologist and physician and discoverer of the anti-aging effects of procaine. She developed Gerovital H3 and Aslavital, of which you might have heard or used. She is considered a gerontology and geriatrics pioneer in Romania, as she founded the first Geriatric Institute in the world in 1952. While using procaine for pain relief on patients, Ana Aslan came upon other effects of the drug, like better skin and hair, better memory and a general feeling of well-being.

Elena Ceausescu was the influential wife of the infamous dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. It is believed that it was her who worsened the dictator’s actions upon the country and that without her, Ceausescu would have been a “moderate communist”. Under the dictatorship, she was considered the “Mother of the Nation” and an awarded erudite chemist and doctor honoris causa, which was in fact a hoax. Before the execution of the controversial couple, it was Elena who exhibited atrocious reactions rather than her husband.

Nadia Comaneci is a formet gymnast renowned all around the world. Considered the National Gymnast, at just 14 years old, she became the first gymnast in all Olympic history to receive a perfect score of 10 in 1976. Even more, she received other six perfect 10 scores and three gold medals in Montreal. The incredible gymnast won another two gold medals in 1980 in Moscow. For her Olympic and World Championship medals, Nadia Comaneci became one of the most important and well-known gymnasts in the world.

Ecaterina Teodoroiu was a woman who fought and died in the First World War. For this, she is considered a heroine in Romania. She was awarded the Military Virtue Medal after working as a nurse and subsequently becoming a sublieutenant of the Romanian Army. Her bigger brother died as a Sergeant in the times of her nursing. Her bravery and wish to avenge her brother’s death made her prove her military skills. She was killed while leading her platoon and her last words were “Forward, men, don’t give up, I’m still with you!”

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