Alexandra Grigoryevna graduated from Zalivkina’s boarding school in 1861. In 1862 she passed the exam for the title of a home teacher at Saint Petersburg University. Additionally, she studied at the philological faculty of the Higher Women's Courses.
In the 1910s, Alexandra Grigoryevna was an active member of the Women's Mutual Charitable Society. Borodina's literary debut dates back to the 60th year. She translated the newspapers Severnaya Pochta. Alexandra Grigoryevna published several articles and everyday descriptive feuilletons under the pen-name of Yorik in the newspaper Saint Petersburg Vedomosti and in the journal Alarm Clock.
In 1873 her works were published in the pre-Suvorin New Time. She acted as an author of bibliographic reviews (in particular, enthusiastic reviews of Nekrasov's poems). From time to time, her reviews were of critical manner. Together with A.N. Engelhardt Alexandra Grigoryevna was the first to translate the Sentimental Education by Flaubert (1870) and The Confession of the Son of the Century by Musset (1870) as well as Musset’s Frederick and Werneret and Leo’s Two Stories into the Russian language. In 1979 her novel Drama in the Madhouse was published. There she developed the love theme at the level of tabloid novels.
In 1865, Alexandra Grigoryevna became the wife of Stepanov who was the son of the cartoonist Stepanova. At the end of the 70s, having dispersed from his first husband, she became the wife of the botanist Borodin (1847-1930), later academician (1902), president of the Russian Botanical Society (since 1915), one of the founders of environmental journalism in Russia.