Profile | Lerna Ekmeckcioglu

“There was no Armenian women’s history in Armenian or Turkish,” Ekmekcioglu says. “So, I decided to write it myself.” A faculty member in MIT’s Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, Ekmekcioglu says she has been interested in feminism since college. That was when she first researched the Turkish women’s movement and discovered that the only information available centered on the experience of Muslims, the majority population in Turkey. Non-Turks, including ethnic Armenians, Greeks, and Jews, were simply absent.