Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership

DANISH FEMALE PARTY LEADERS
AND

CHAIRPERSONS OF PARLIAMENTARY GROUPS  

Also see List of Danish Female Ministers and Danish Party Leaders
 


1968-69 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Venstresocialisterne Hanne Reintoft
MP for the Socialist People's Party 1966-68, For the Left Socialists in 1968-69, Independent 1969-70 and the Communists 1970-81 and 1973-1976. (b. 1934-).

1974-75 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of De Uafhængige Birgit Busk
The "Independent's" broke away from Fremskridtspartiet

1977-91 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Socialistisk Folkeparti Ebba Strange
MP 1973-94 for the Social People's Party, which is moderate socialist, had a majority of female MPs in 1979. Vice-Chairperson of the Folketing 1979-82 and 1994. She lived (1929-2012)

1978-79 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Retsforbundet Lis Starcke
1977-78 and 1979-82 Deputy Group-Chairperson of Retsforbundet, which is translated into the Justice Party

1981-84 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Venstresocialisterne 
1982-86 Political Spokesperson Anne-Grete Holmsgård
MF for the  Left Wing Socialist Party 1979-86, she left the party and later represented the Socialist People's Party until 1987 and 2001-11. A number of administrative management posts and director of the Technical University of Denmark 1995-2002. (b. 1948-).

1982-84 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Centrum-Demokraterne Yvonne Herløv Andersen
1979-89 General Secretary of the Centre Democrats, 1994 Minister of Social Affairs, 1994-96 Minister of Health. (b. 1942-)

1985-86 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group Venstresocialisterne Elisabeth Bruun Olesen
1984 Group-Secretary of the Leftwing Socialists and MP through a number of years.

1985-94 Political Spokesperson, Deputy Party-Chairperson and Party Leader of Fremskridtspartiet Pia Kjærsgaard
1995-2012  Leader of Dansk Folkeparti 
1996-2012 Party Chairperson and Political Spokesperson

1984-87 Group-Secretary of the Progress Party. She founded Danish People's Party after a split in the likewise right-wing Progress-Party where she had been leader since the founder, Mogens Glistrup went to prison for tax-fraud. From 2012 2. Deputy Chairperson of the Folketing. (b. 1947-)


1985-89 Party Chairperson of Fremskridtspartiet Anette Just
1994-97 Group Secretary of the Progress Party. (b. 1947-).

1986-87 Political Spokesperson of Det Konservative Folkeparti Grethe Fenger Møller
Conservative MF 1977-93, Rådmand/ Councillor of Culture of Frederiksberg 1981-82, Minister of Labour 1982-86 and later Chairperson of the Equality Council of the Premier Minister. She was involved in a scandal that brought along the fall of the conservative-liberal government in 1993 and convicted for lying in court. (b. 1941-)  

1987-91 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Socialdemokraterne Ritt Bjerregaard
Daughter of President Balaguer.1973 and 1975-78 Minister of Education, 1979-82 Minister of Social Affairs, 1982  Deputy Group Chairperson and 1982-87 1. Deputy Group Chairperson of the Social Democrats, 1990-94, Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe 1992-94, European Union Commissioner for Environment and Atomic Security 1995-99, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries 2000-01 and Lord Mayor of Copenhagen 2006-10. (b. 1941-).

1987-88 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Kristelig Folkeparti Inger Stilling Petersen
1973-73, 1977-78 and 1987-90 Group-Secretary, 1984-87 and 1990-94 Deputy Group-Chairperson. The Christian People's Party was a very small party. (b. 1929-)

1988-93, 2001-07 and 2011-12 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Det Radikale Venstre Marianne Jelved
2001-2007 Political Spokesperson
1990-2007 Party Leader
2011
 Deputy Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group
MP for the Social Liberals from 1987. Vice-Premier Minister ,1993-2001, Minister of Economic Affairs 1993-2002, Minister of Nordic Co-operation 1994-2002, Deputy Group Chairperson in 2011 and Chairperson of the Finance Committee of the Folketing 2011-12 and Minister of Culture from 2012 and of Church Affairs from 2014. (b. 1943-).

1989-2005 Party Chairperson and Leader of Centrum-Demokraterne 
1997-2000 Political Spokesperson Mimi Jacobsen
1980-81 Deputy Group-Chairperson, 1981-82 and 1988-92 Political Spokesperson. 1982-84 Minister of Cultural Affairs, 1986-88 Minister of Social Affairs, 1987 Minister for Greenland and 1993-94 1. Vice-Premier and Minister for Coordination of Business-Policy, 1994 Minister of Co-ordination and of Industry, 1994-96 2. Vice-Premier and Minister of Business and Industry. The moderate Center Democrats was founded by her father in 1973 as a break-away Faction from the Social Democrats. From 2001 onwards the party did not re-enter the Folketing, she later left the party and it was abolished in 2008. (b. 1948-).

1989 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Fremskridtspartiet Kirsten Jacobsen
1995-97 Political Spokesperson and Party Leader
1999-2000  Co-Leader Frihed 2000 (Freedom 2000)
1974-75 and 1977-78 Deputy Group-Chairperson of the Progress Party. In 1999 she and the other three MP's left, when the founder of the Party, Mogens Glistrup, was readmitted to the party. They formed a parliamentary grouping named "Freedom 2000" and did not stand in the 2001-elections, with her as joint leader. She was Deputy Chairperson of the Folketing 1990-96. She lived (1942-2010).

1989-90 Political Spokesperson of Det Konservative Folkeparti Conni Hedegaard
Conservative MP. Minister of Environment 2005-07 and Minister of Climate Affairs and Energy 2007-10 and EU-Commissioner for Climate Affairs. Journalist. (b. 1960-).

1990-93 Chairperson of Kommunistist Forum (KF)
1993-2003 Chairperson of Dansk Kommunistisk Parti (DKP)
2003- Chairperson of Kommunistisk Parti i Danmark (KiD) Betty Frydensbjerg  Carlsson
The Communist Party was the orthodox Communists - when the majority of the party joined the Leftwing Alliance, (Enhedslisten) she took over as leader of the tiny leftovers of the old DKP. (b. 1944-).

1991-93 Party Chairperson of Det Radikale Venstre Grethe Erichsen
1990-91 Deputy Party-Chairperson of the Social Liberals.

1993-94 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group Centrum-Demokraterne Bente Juncker
MF 1981-94, 1982-93 Group-Secretary and 1984-85 Deputy Group-Chairperson of the Centre Democrats, 1994 Minister of Social Affairs. (b. 1944-)  

1993-97 Party Chairperson Det Radikale Venstre
2007-  Party Leader
2007-11 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group Margrethe Vestager
1998-2001 Minister of Education and Deputy Party Leader and Vice-Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group 2001-07 of the Social Liberals. Mother of 3 children. (b. 1968-).

1993-98 Organisatorial Party Chairperson of Centrum Demokraterne Inger Boriis
The party leader of the Centre Democrats was and is Mimi Jacobsen, but Inger Boriis was in charge of the party organisation. 

1994-98 and 2002-05 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Socialdemokraterne Pia Gjellerup
1987-2007 MP, 1990-93 and from 2001 Group-Secretary of the Social Democrats. As Group-Secretary she was also Secretary of the Presidium of the Folketing 1994-98. Minister 1993 and 1998-2001. Unmarried and no children. (b. 1959-)

1994-95 and 2000-01 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Enhedslisten Jette Ryde Gottlieb
The Unity List is a merger of a number of former small leftwing parties. (b. 1948-)

1995-97 Political Spokesperson and Deputy Party-Leader of Det Konservative Folkeparti Anne Birgitte Lundholt
1991-94  2. Deputy Group-Chairperson, 1994-95 Deputy Group-Chairperson and in 1997 she was candidate for the leadership of the Conservative People's Party. 1989-93 Minister of Industry 
1990-93 Minister of Energy.
Unmarried and no children. (b. 1952- ).  

1998-99 Party-Leader and Political Spokesperson of Det Konservative Folkeparti Pia Christmas-Møller
2001-07 Political Spokesperson
Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly from 2005. Left the Conservative People's Party in 2007 after she was dumped as Spokesperson, independent MP since then. Unmarried and no children. (b. 1961-)

1998-2002 Chairperson of Fælles Kurs Gitte Thomsen
Common Course was no longer in the Folketing since 1997 and in 2002 it merged with Denmark's Communist Party. Vice-Chairperson of DKP from 2003.

1999-2001 Political Spokesperson of Det Konservative Folkeparti
2008-10 Political Leader and Party Chairperson
2014- Politican Spokesperson Lene Espersen
Conservative MP from 1994. Minister of Justice 2001-08, Deputy Prime Minister 2008-11, Minister of Economic and Business Affairs 2008-10 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2010. (b. 1965-).

2000-01 Group Chairperson of Det Liberale Højre Inge Refshauge
Together with another MP she left the Danish People's Party and joined the new The Liberal Right, which had not previously been represented in Parliament. It brought the number of parties in the parliament to 12. Later founding member of Democratic People's Party.

2000-01 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Det Radikale Venstre Elisabeth Arnold
1990-94 Group-Secretary and 1994-2000 Deputy Group-Chairperson of the Social Liberals. She was Vice-Chairperson of the Folketing 1996-98 and Secretary from 2005. (b. 1941-)

2000-01 Acting Chairperson of Det Radikale Venstre Lone Loklindt
1997-2000 Deputy Party-Chairperson. 2001 she was candidate for the post of party chairperson of the Social Liberals. MP from 2011, and Vice-Chairperson of the Parliament from 2014. (b. 1960-).

2001-03 Party Chairperson of Fremskridtspartiet Åse Heskjær
Former Vice-Chairperson of the Progress Party, a rightwing populist and xenophobic party, which was represented in the parliament until 2000.

2002-05 Chairperson of Kristendemokraterne Marianne Karlsmose
Former Candidate to the European Parliament for the Christian Democrats, Primary School Teacher. Candidate for the Folketing in 2005 but the party did not pass the 2% limit in order to enter the parliament and she resigned. Married to cand.theol. Birger Nielsen. Mother of 2 sons. (b. 1973-).

2004-07 and 2007-09 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Enhedslisten Line Barfod
A solicitor and MP of the leftwing Unity List 2001-11. Vice-Chairperson of the Group in 2007 and from 2009. Mother of four children. (b. 1964-).

2005 Acting Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Venstre Rikke Hvilshøj (10.02-18.02)
Deputy Mayor of Frederiksberg 1998-2002, MP 1998-2007 and Deputy Group Chairperson of The Rigtwing Liberals since 2001-07. She became Acting Chair since the previous chair lost his seat during the elections. Minister of Integration and Refugees 2005-07. Married to Karsten Anker Petersen and mother of a daughter (b. 1999) and a son (b. 2003). She is (b. 1970-).

2005 Acting Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Det Konservative Folkeparti Else Theill Sørensen
MF 2001-05, Group Secretary 2001-04 and  Deputy Group Chairperson 2004-05 of the Conservative People's Party. As the previous chairperson did not stand for reelection she became Acting Chairperson on 09.02 but the next day it became clear that she had lost her seat to the Social Liberals after a recount of the votes. (b. 1941-).

2005- Chairperson of Socialdemokraterne Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Social Democrat Member of the European Parliament 1999-2004 and MF from 2005. Married to Stephen Kinnock and mother of two daughters. (b. 1966-)

2005-06 Political Spokesperson of Socialdemokraterne Lotte Bundsgaard

Teacher and MF for the Social Democrats 1997-2007, Minister of  Housing and Cities and Minister for Equality 2000-01, Vice-Chairperson of the Social Democrats 2002-05. In 2006 she was offered the post of Vice-Chairperson of the Group, but said no. Lotte Koed Bundsgaard is married to Søren Thorsager and mother of a daughter born 1999, and a son born in February 2002. (b. 1973-)  

2005-09 Chairperson of Junibevægelsen Hanne Dahl

Until 2005 the EU-Sceptical June Movement had collective leadership and she was its chief spokesperson from 2004. The movement abolished itself in 2009.denmar Cand. teol and priest. (b. 1970-).

2005 Acting Chairperson of Socialistisk Folkeparti Trine Bendix Knudsen  (02.04-29.04)

Vice-Chairperson of the Socialist People's Party 2004-05. She acted as leader after the previous Chairman resigned until the election of a new, a 53 year old man who won over two female candidates. (b. 1968-).

2005-08 Chairperson of Kristendemokraterne Bodil  Kornbek
Member of the Parliament 2001-05 and Group Secretary of the Christian Democrats 2002-04. The Party has not been  represented in Parliament since 2005, and in 2008 the Party Conference decided an extremist rightwing programme and ousted Kornbek, who had tried to turn the party in a more moderate direction. She resigned from the party with immediate effect. (b. 1961-).

2007 Joint Leader of Ny Alliance Gitte Seeberg
1999-2001 Group-Secretary of and Secretary of the Folketing (Diet) and 2001-04 Deputy Group Chairperson of the Conservative People's Party. Member of the European Parliament 2004-07. Left her party and formed The New Alliance with two former members of the New Alliance and was elected to parliament again. After the 2007-elections she left the leadership, and in 2008 she left the party and became an independent. Mother of one daughter. (b. 1960-).

2007 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of the Centrumsdemokraterne Louise Frevert
Member of Copenhagen City Council for the Conservative People's Party 1994-97 and 1998, for the xenophobe Danish People's Party 1999-2007 and for the strongly pro-immigrant Centrumsdemokraterne from 2007, Member of Folketinget from 2001 for Danish People's Party from 2001 and the Centrumsdemokraterne from 2007 as their only MP for a few months until the elections. Mother of 4 children with her 2 first husbands, now married to Susanne Christiansen. (b. 1953-).

2007-09 and 2014- Political Spokesperson of Venstre Inger Støjberg
Member of the City Council of Viborg 1994-2002, MP from 2001 and Deputy Group Chairperson of the Rightwing Liberals 2005-07 and from 2011 and Minister of Employment 2009-11 and Minister of Equality 2009-10. (b. 1973-)

2007-11 Political Spokesperson of Det Konservative Folkeparti
2008-11 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group Henriette Kjær
Daughter of President Balaguer.A librarian-student, she was Conservative MF 1994-11, Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of Equality 2001-04 and Minister of Family and Consumer Affairs 2004-05. She resigned both as minister and 6 years later after it was revealed that she and her partner had been convicted 7 times for not paying their bills. She Lives together with Erik Skov Petersen and is mother of two sons born in 1996 and 1998. (b. 1966-)

2009- Political Spokesperson of Enhedslisten Johanne Schmidt-Nielsen

BA in Social Science and MP for the Unity List from 2007. (b. 1984-).


2011 Political Spokesperson of Det Konservative Folkeparti Carina Christensen
Member of the Councy Council of Fyn 2002-07, MP 2001-11 and member of the Regional Council of Southern Denmark in 2006. Deputy Group Chairperson of Det Konservative Folkeparti 2005-06 Chairperson of the Education Committee of the Folketing in the same period, Minister of Family and Consumer Affairs 2006-07, Minister of Transport 2007-08 and Minister of Culture 2008-10, Secretary of her party's parliamentary group and of the Parliament 2010-11 and Political Spokesperson in 2011. Married to Kim Ørnbo, no children. (b. 1972-).

2011-14 Political Spokesperson of Venstre Ellen Trane Nørby
MA of the History of Arts and Social Science and MP for the Rightwing Liberals since 2005. (1981-).

2011-12 Political Spokesperson of Det Konservative Folkeparti Benedikte Kiær

First Vice-Chairperson of the Capital Region 2005-09 and Vice-Chairperson of the Association of Danish Regions. Vice-Chairperson of Det Konservative Folkeparti 2009-11, MP and Political Spokesperson 2011-13, Mayor of Helsingør from 2014. Married to Lars Dam. (1970-).


2011-12 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Socialstisk Folkeparti
2014 Acting Group Chairperson Pernille Vigsø Bagge
Member of the Municipal Council of Løgstør 2001-05, MP for the Socialist People's Party since 2005. Cand.teol. (b. 1975-)

2012-14 Chairperson of Socialstisk Folkeparti Annette Lilja Vilhelmsen
2001-11 Member of the Municipal Council and among others 2. Deputy Mayor of Kerteminde Byråd, MP from 2011, 2. Deputy Premier 2012-14, Minister of Business and Growth 2012-13 and Minister of Social Affairs, Children and Growth 2013-14. (b. 1959-)

2012-14 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Socialstisk Folkeparti Anne Baastrup
Cand.jur, MP since 1994 and Chairperson of the Law Committee 2001-05 and 2011-12, Group Secretary of Socialistisk Folkeparti 2005-11 and Secretary of the Folketing 2011-12, Chairperson of the Social Affairs Commmittee from 2012 and 4. Deputy Chairperson of the Folketing 2012-14. On sickleave in 2014.(b. 1952-)

2012-14 Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group and Political Spokesperson of Det Radikale Venstre Sofie Carsten Nielsen
MP from 2011, Vice-Chairperson of the Parliametary Group 2011-12 and Chairperson of the Finance Committee of the Folketing 2012-14, Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education from 2014. (b. 1975-)

2013- Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Enhedslisten Stine Brix

MP for the Unity List from 2011. (b. 1982-)


2013-14 Political Spokesperson of Socialstisk Folkeparti Lisbeth Bech Poulsen
MP for Socialist People's Party from 2011. (b. 1982-)

2014 Acting Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Socialistisk Folkeparti Karina Lorentzen Dehnhardt
MP for the Socialist People's Party since 2007, Chairperson of the Justice Committee from 2012 and Secretary of the Parliamentary Group from 2014. (b. 1973-)

2014- Political Spokesperson of Socialdemokraterne Maja Panduro
Ann Maja Panduro Kjærulff has been Social Democrat MP from 2009 and Group Secretary 2011-13. (b. 1982-)

2014- Chairperson and Political Spokesperson of Socialistisk Folkeparti Pia Olsen Dyhr
Candidate for Party Leader in 2005, MP for the Socialist People's Party from 2007, Minister of  Foreign Trade and Investments 2011-13, Acting Minister of Health and Prevention in 2012 and Acting Minister of Environment in 2013 and Minister of Transport 2013-14. Married to Villy Dyhr and mother of 1 daughter. (b. 1971-)

2014- Chairperson of the Parliametary Group of Radikale Venstre Camilla Hersom
MP from 2011, Secretary 2011-12 and Vice-Chairperson from of the Parliametary Group of Radikale Venstre and Vice-Chairperson of the Parliament 2012-14. (b. 1971-)

Last update 14.08.14


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