Heide Goettner-Abendroth was born in Thuringia, Germany, in 1941, she is a mother and a grandmother. She earned her Ph.D. in philosophy of science at the University of Munich where she taught philosophy for ten years (1973-1983).
She has published on philosophy of science and extensively on matriarchal society and culture, and through her lifelong research on matriarchal societies has become a founder of Modern Matriarchal Studies.
She lectured in Europe and abroad, and her main work “Matriarchal Societies” has been published in German, English and Italian.
In 1986, she founded the “International ACADEMY HAGIA for Matriarchal Studies and Matriarchal Spirituality” in Germany, and since then has been its director. She has also been visiting professor at the University of Montreal in Canada, and the University of Innsbruck in Austria.
In 2005, she was elected by the international initiative “1000 Peace Women Across the Globe” as a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2012, she received an award for her scholarship from “The Association for the Study of Women & Mythology” in San Francisco.