Kazakh women whose names have remained in history

There are many women in Kazakh society who have left their mark on history with their merits. As mothers of the Great Steppe, they made a significant contribution to the upbringing of children. They also paved the way as specialists in various fields, paving the way for Kazakh girls to contribute to the development of our country and culture.

Nurpeisova Dina Kenzheyevna was the first woman kyushi among Kazakh women


Dina Nurpeisova is a famous Kazakh composer-kyushi and People's Artist of Kazakhstan. She was born in 1861 in Zhangalinsky district of West Kazakhstan region.

From her early years the girl-kyushi performed the kyuis of famous kyuis such as Dauletkerey, Musraly, Alikey, Turkesh, Uzak, Yeszhan, Bayzhuma, Balamaysan, being known as "dombristka" in the aul area. Having heard about the talented girl, the famous kuyushi Kurmangazy began to search for her. He admired Dina's art and blessed her. Dina Nurpeisova is the author of the kyuis "Hero of Labor", "Milkman", "Stalin", "Delegate", "Vegetable".

Akkagaz Doszhanova is the first Kazakh woman doctor


Akkagaz Doszhanova was the first female doctor to come out of the Kazakh people, a member of the Alash Party. She was born in 1893 in the village of Burti, Aktobe district, Turgay region. The doctor who treated the wounded Soviet soldiers during the First World War, worked tirelessly for the benefit of the country.


In 1914 having finished female grammar school in Orenburg, specially went to Moscow to receive education on a medical specialty and has been enlisted on courses of medicine. After graduation she worked as a gynecologist and pediatrician.

Dariga Bayzhumanovna Tinalina, the first female film director of Kazakhstan


Dariga Bayzhumanovna is a famous film director, an honored worker of arts of Kazakhstan, one of the best cinematographers of the USSR. She was born in 1921 in the aul Akzhar, Arshaly region.

Her working way coincided with the years of war, she started working at "Mosfilm", and for 22 years she was engaged in film production in Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

Along with acting, she had episodic roles in feature films "White Rose", "Songs of Abai", "Zhambyl", "Romance", "Member of Government", "The Giant's Song". In 1953, after she started working as a director, she made a scientific film "In the Space of Kazakhstan". In 1954-1958 as a director of "Mosfilm" studio she took part in shootings of feature films "Saltanat", "Ilya Muromets", "A Special Task", "In Distant Mountains". In 2009, she was awarded the title "Master of Screen". She is also the author of the monographic book "Black and White Cinema".

Kulyash Zhasynovna Baiseitova is the first People's Artist of the USSR among Kazakh women


Kulyash Baiseitova was a famous Kazakh singer of the lyric and coloratura soprano voice, one of the founders of Kazakh opera and a public figure. She is the People's Artist of the USSR and the Laureate of the State Prize of the USSR. She was born in 1912 in the village Aktogay of Karaganda region.

From childhood Kulyash Baiseitova was interested in singing, and after graduating from school she was actively involved in amateur groups at the Pedagogical Institute. In 1930 she was employed to work at the First Kazakh Drama Theatre. Kulyash Baiseitova performed in "Maidan" by Beimbet Mailin and "Enlik-Kebek" by Mukhtar Auezov.

Shara Baimoldayevna Zhiyenkulova - the first professional dancer from among Kazakh women


Shara Zhiyenkulova was a dancer and a teacher. She was born in 1912 in Almaty. She began her career on stage together with her husband Kurmanbek Zhandarbekov at the Kazakh Drama Theater. From 1924 to 1930, Shara Zhiyenkulova studied at the History Department of the Kazakh Pedagogical Institute.

She spent many years traveling around the country to develop the art of national dance, studying the customs, traditions and folk dances. As a result, such dances as "Tattimbet", "Aizhan kyz", "Kara zhorga", and "Kyryk kyz" were born.


Shara Zhiyenkulova was able to beautifully convey the inner beauty of stage images with the plastic solution in the dance. She toured in many foreign countries. Shara Zhiyenkulova left her mark not only in the art of dance, but also in the world of cinema. She played the role of Balym in the film "Amangeldy", filmed in 1938. In addition, in the 1957 film "Our Beloved Doctor", directed by Shaken Aimanov, thousands of Kazakh dancers played themselves.

Patshayim Tazhibayeva - the first scientist-geologist, who came out of the number of Kazakh women


Patshayim Tazhibayeva is the first geologist among Kazakh women. Born in 1920, she was active both in science and in public life. A fundamental area of geological science is lithology. After impressing the people of the Soviet Union with this quest, she graduated from the Central Asian University in Tashkent and studied under Kanysh Satpayev.

Hiuaz Kairovna Dospanova was the first Kazakh female military pilot


Hiuaz Dospanova is the only girl-pilot who came out of the number of Kazakh women during the Second World War, a warrior, the National Hero of the Republic of Kazakhstan. She was born on May 15, 1922 in the settlement of Ganyushkin of the Atyrau area in a family of the usual fisherman. She liberated from German enemies the Northern Caucasus, Kuban, Crimea, Ukraine. She was awarded the order of the Red Star, the order of World War II, in 2004 she was awarded the highest rank in the country "Halyk kharmany".

Nursulu Yelubayevna Tapalova - the first ballet dancer among Kazakh women


Nursulu Tapalova is a ballet dancer and honored artist of Kazakhstan. She was born in 1923 in Wilsky region of Aktobe Oblast. In 1936-1939 she studied at the studio of the Kazakh Musical Theatre. From 1936 she worked as a solo dancer at the Kazakh Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet. At the age of 24 she became an honored artist of the Kazakh SSR.

She also performed solo dances in national operas ("Kyz-Zhibek" by E. G. Brusilovsky, "Abay" by A. Zhubanov and L. Khamidi, "Birzhan Sarasy" by M. Tolebayev). Since 1953, she worked as the soloist of "Kazakhkontsert", working in the genre of pop singing, dance, miniature. She also tried her hand at cinema. She was awarded the Order "Badge of Honour".


Akmaral Khaidarovna Arystanbekova - Kazakhstan's first woman ambassador


Akmaral Khaidarovna is the first ambassador of independent Kazakhstan and the first woman ambassador in the history of the country. She was born in 1948 in Almaty. She has a PhD in chemistry and a doctorate in political science.

She served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan (1989-1991), the first permanent representative of Kazakhstan to the UN (1992-1999), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to France (1999-2003) and Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to UNESCO (1999-2001).


Arystanbekova has worked in international relations for more than 30 years. She is not only the first woman to represent Kazakhstan at the world level, but also a versatile scholar specializing in chemistry and catalysis, history, diplomacy, international law and political science.

Toty Amirova is the first female pilot from Kazakhstan


Toty Amirova is the first female pilot in Kazakhstan, the first woman in the CIS to become an Airbus 320 commander, aviation engineer-pilot and aviation economist. She was born in 1969 in Ust-Kamenogorsk. For a long time she worked for Air Astana airline. Graduated from foreign aviation training courses. She completed an internship with Kazakh Airlines, EuroAsia, Air Astana and Air Kazakhstan. In 2007 she became the first female captain of Air Astana's Boeing-737, New Generation-700 and New Generation-800 aircraft.


Author: Moldir Adamzhan

Photo: from the press service archive

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