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Katalin Balázsi

Katalin Balázsi is a Slovakia-born Hungarian material scientist and the head of the Thin Film Physics department. She has made significant contributions to electron microscopy and the characterization of nanomaterial structures. Balázsi co-founded the Association of Hungarian Women in Science, advocating for greater representation and opportunities for women in science. Her work and dedication continue to shape the scientific community and impact women’s history.

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Gisi Fleischmann

Gisi Fleischmann was a courageous Zionist activist and leader of the Bratislava Working Group during the Holocaust. She fought against the injustices faced by Jews under Nazi occupation and played a pivotal role in rescuing Jews from deportation and extermination. Although her efforts to negotiate the release of European Jews from captivity ultimately fell through, her work, along with the Bratislava Working Group, exposed the horrors of Auschwitz and saved many lives.

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Pálné Veres

Hermína Karolína Benická Verešová, also known as Pálné Veres, was a teacher and feminist from the Slovak Region of the Kingdom of Hungary. She dedicated her life to advocating for women’s education and played a pivotal role in establishing the Hungarian National Association for Women’s Education. Veres’s tireless efforts and commitment to breaking down barriers for women made her an inspirational figure in women’s history.

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Zuzana Čaputová

Zuzana Čaputová, the first female president of Slovakia and the youngest president in Slovakian history, has had a remarkable career as a politician, lawyer, and environmental activist. She gained recognition for her tireless efforts in fighting against a toxic landfill in her hometown, and her victory in the 2019 presidential election solidified her growing popularity and influence in Slovakia.

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Elena Kaliská

Elena Kaliská, born on 19 January 1972, is a retired Slovak slalom canoeist who made a name for herself in the world of water sports. With a career spanning over three decades, from 1988 to 2019, Kaliská has left an indelible mark on the sport, becoming one of the most successful athletes in the history of canoe slalom.

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