Dagmar Schultz was born in Berlin and started her studies at the Free University of Berlin before going to the University of Michigan to study film, television and journalism in 1963. During the 1960s she was active in the Civil Rights Movement, the women's movement and taught at several colleges and universities throughout the U.S. - for example at Rust College, a Black college in Mississippi in 1965/66. In the early 1970s she came back to Berlin and taught women's studies and cultural and immigration studies at the John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin and co-founded the Orlanda Women's Press in 1974 and stayed it's co-publisher until 2001. Dagmar Schultz arranged for Lorde to be invited as a Guest Professor at the John-F.-Kennedy Institute of North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin in 1984. As director of publishing house Orlanda Frauenverlag Schultz edited “Macht und Sinnlichkeit” Selected texts by Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich, and introduced these authors to German readers. Recently she was awarded the Margherita-von-Brentano-Price 2011 for work which furthers the equal rights of women in academia. The funds of the award contributed to the production of the film AUDRE LORDE - THE BERLIN YEARS 1984 TO 1992 and to the establishment of an Audre Lorde Archive at the Free University of Berlin, which contains all of Schultz' materials on Audre Lorde.