Fedak-Sheparovych, Olena

Fedak-Sheparovych, Olena [Федак-Шепарович, Олена; Fedak-Šeparovyč], b 21 October 1894 in Lviv, d 27 April 1982 in Babylon, New York State. Journalist, community figure, activist in the Ukrainian women's movement. Fedak-Sheparovych was the daughter of Stepan Fedak, sister of Stepan S. Fedak, and the wife of Lev Sheparovych. In 1919 she became the Ukrainian Red Cross representative of the Western Ukrainian National Republic and was one of the leading members of the Ukrainian Citizens' Committee. She helped found the Union of Ukrainian Women (1921) in Lviv and served as its vice-president. From 1928 to 1935 she was an executive member of the Ukrainian National Democratic Alliance. In 1938 she helped cofound the Druzhyna Kniahyni Olhy women’s organization. From 1935 to 1939 she co-edited the biweeklies Zhinka and Hromadianka. She took part in international women’s congresses. As an émigré she lived in Austria and in the United States.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 1 (1984).]

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