Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership

FEMALE PRESIDENTS 
OF PARLIAMENTS 
AND
PARLIAMENTARY BODIES
1920-90

This is a list of female Presidents of Parliaments. Included are territories with self-rule and nominal autonomous regions in the former USSR and Czechoslovakia and in Yugoslavia, which are now independent. 
Also see Female Heads of Assembly prior to the 20th Century
and Female Heads of Parliamentary Bodies


1920 Chairperson of the Constituting Session of the Constituent Seimas Gabrielė Petkevičaitė-Bitė, Lithuania (15.5.20)

Chaired the first sitting of the Constituent Assembly pending the election of a President the same day. 5 of the 149 members of the Assembly were women. Presidential Candidate in 1926. She was writer and journalist and lived (1861-1943).


1927-28 and 1932 Chairperson of the Bundesrat Olga Ruder-Zeynek, Austria

The Bundesrat, Federal Council, is the representation of the States if Austria. Ruder-Zeynek was a journalist, Member of the National Assembly 1920-27, Landtag of Steiermark and of the Bundesrat 1927-33 and member of the leadership of the Christian Social Party She lived (1871-1948).  


1927-74 President of the Chief of Pleas Sibyl Hathaway of Sark (Channel Islands)  

As the 21st hereditary Seigneur of Sark, with the title of Dame, she was also President of the Parliament. Also President and member of a number of committees of the Chief Pleas, which constitutes the government of the Island. The two previous Dames Susan Le Pelley and Marie Collings were Presidents of the Chief of Pleas during their reigns 1730-33 and 1852-53. Dame Sibyl Beaumont Hathaway lived (1884-1974).


1937 Acting Chairperson of the Executive Committee Maryam Tugambayeva, Kyrgyzstan (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

Марьям Тугамбаева, Mar'âm Tugambaeva or Mar'jam Tugambaeva lived (1907-86).

1938 Acting Chairperson of the Executive Committee Kalima Amankulova, Kyrgyzstan (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

Калима Аманкулова,  Калыйма Аманкулова or Kalyjma Amankulova. (b. 1915-)

1938-47 Chairperson of the Verkhovny Sovet Nadezhda Grigoryevna Grekova, Belarus (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

Another version of her name is Nadežda Grekova. As Chair of the Supreme Soviet she was in office as "Head of the Republic" 25.07-27.07, Member of the Central Audit Commission of the All-Union Communist Party 1939-52, Deputy Chairperson of the Council of People's Commissars and and Minister of Food Industry of the of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic 1943-46 and 1. Deputy Minister of Food Industry of the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic 1949-52. She lived (1910-2001).

1940-44 Chairperson of the Presidium of the Hüral Khertek Anchimaa-Toka, People's Republic of Tannu Tuva

As Chairperson of the Presidium of the Parliament, the Little Hüral, Khertek Amyrbitovna was the Head of the state which became Independent in 1921, a People's Republic in 1926, was incoroprated into the Soviet Union in 1944. She had held various jobs in local administration and the party administration, Chairperson of the Women Department of the Central Committee of  the Tuvinian People's Revolutionary Party 1938-1940. Married to the First Secretary of the TPRP, Salchak Kalbakkhorekovich Toka in 1940, Deputy Chairperson of Oblast Executive Committee 1944-1961 and Deputy Chairperson of the Council of Ministers of Tuva 1961-1972. She lived (1912-2008).


1944-45 Acting Chairperson of the Executive Council N.I. Sacheva, Crimean Socialist Republic (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

After the Second World War the republic was incorporated into Ukraine.

1945 President of Cámera de Representantes Maria Libertad Gomez Garriga, Puerto Rico (US External Territory)

Vice-President of the Chamber of Representatives 1941-45 and 1945-52, in 1945 she was designated President of the House of Representatives but was only in office for a short time. 1952-53 Vice-President of the Constituent Assembly. She lived (1898-1961).

1941-47 Chairperson of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet Gunsyn Ayusheyevna Tsydenova, Buryat-Mongol Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR)

1924-28 Mariya Mikhailovna Sakhyanova (1896-1981) was First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Republic. The Republic later became member of the Russian Federation. She lived (1909-1994)

1950-51 and 1952-53 Chairperson of the Landsting Ingeborg Hansen, Denmark

For a number of years Chair of the Finance Committee, 1945-50 Secretary of Landstinget before becoming the last Chairperson of the Upper House before the Danish Parliament became an unicameral Legislature. She lived (1886-1954).


1950 President of the World Health Assembly Rajkumari Amrit Kaur (India)

Active in the Freedeom movement and a close aide of Mahatma Gandhi, she was Indian Minister of Health 1947-57 and Minister of Communication 1951 and 1952 Communication (from circa 1955 Forth in cabinet) Member of Rayja Sabha, the Upper House 1957-64. The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body for WHO. She was a Princess of Kapurthala and lived (1889-1964).

1953 Chairperson of the Bundesrat Dr. Johanna Bayer, Austria


Member of the Bundesrat 1953-57 and of the Nationalrat 1957-73. She lived (1915-2000).


1953-54 President of the General Assembly of the United Nations Vijaya Laksmi Pandit (India)

Minister of Local Self Government and Health of Indian State of Uttar Pradesh 1937-39 and 1946-47, Ambassador to USSR 1947-49, to USA and Mexico 1949-51. Head of the Delegation to United Nation 1946-68 and Ambassador to United Kingdom and Ireland 1955-61 and to Spain 1958-61. Governor of Maharastra 1962-64 and MP 1964-68. Sister of J. Nehru, India's first post-independence premier. She lived (1900-90).


1953-54 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Ulsyn Ikn Hüral  Sühbaataryn Yanjmaa, Mongolia 

Member of the Presidium of the Little Khüral 1940-50, 1950-54 1. Vice-Chairperson of the Ulsyn Ih Hüral and 1954-62 Member of the Presidium or Vice-Chairperson, and as Acting Chair of the Great Hüral, she was also acting Head of State, and lived (1893-1963).


1953-54 President of the Senate Fatima Ibrahim Didi, The Maldive Islands

Member of the Senate of the First Republic 1953-54. She was offered the throne in 1953 but withdrew her candidature when opposed by the clerics headed by 'Abdu'llah Jalal ud-din. Born as Princess Fatima Tuttu Goma, she was daughter Princess Gulistan of the Maldives and her cousin Al-Amir Ibrahim Fa'amuladeri Kilegefa'anu, who later became Ekgamuge Ibrahim 'Ali Didi (d. 1975), who was member of the Regency 1943-1953 and Prime Minister 1953-1957, and married to H.E. Ahmad Zaki (1931-96), who held many government and ambassadorial posts, including that of Prime Minister 1972-1975 and Permanent Representative at the UN 1979-1983 and 1993-1996. One of her two sons were Defence Minister. She lived (1918-2008).


 

1958 Acting Chairperson of the Národná rada Irena Ďurišová, Slovakia (Czechoslovakia)

Durisova was Vice-President of the National Council 1951-60, Member of the Presidium 1960-64 and 1969-81 and Vice-Chairperson of the Federal National Assembly of Czechoslovakia 1959-60. She lived (1918-99).


1959-70 Chairperson of the Presidium of the Verkhovny Sovet Yadar Sadykovna Nariddinova, Uzbekistan
1970-74 President of the Federal Chamber of the Supreme Soviet of USSR

1952-59 Deputy Premier, Minister of Construction Industry in Uzbekistan, 1959-70 Vice-Chairperson of the Supreme Soviet before becoming "Head of State" of the Republic. 1970-74 she was President of the Federation Council of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. She lived (1920-2006).


 

1960-61 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Verkhovny Sovet Kapitalina Nikolayevna Kryukova, Kazakstan (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

Капиталина Николаевна Крюкова was Vice-Chairperson of the Presidium of the local Supreme Soviet and acting as it's chair, during a vacancy at the post, which were equivalent to that of Heads of State of the Soviet Republics, though power was vested in the First Secretary of the Communist Party.


1961-62 and 1974-75 President of the Lower House of the Alþing Ragnhilður Helgadóttir, Iceland
1975 President of the Nordic Council

2. Vice-chairperson of the United Althing 1959, 2. Vice-chairperson of the Lower House 1959-60 and 1962-63. 1983-85 Minister of Education and 1985-87 Minister of Health, Social Affairs and Communication (b. 1930-).


1962-63 Provisional President of Narodna Skubscina Vida Tomšič, Slovenia
1967-69 President of the Vecé Gradjana (Chamber of Citizens) of the Savezna Skupština, Yugoslavia
1974-78 President of the Narodna Skubscina, Slovenia

1945-46 Minister for Social Politics and in the 1950's Member of the Executive Council. As President of the People’s Assembly she was also "Head of State. Vida Tomsic was widow of the Slovenian communist politician Tone Tomsic (1910-42), who was killed by the Germans. She lived (1913-98). 


1963-67 President of the Országgyülés Vass Metzker Erzsébet, Hungary

Also known as Istvánné Vass or Erzsébet Metzker, she was Vice-President of the National Assembly 1955-63 and 1967-76, and Member of the Council of State 1971-76. She lived (1915-80).


1963-67 President of the Chamber of Social Affairs and Health of the Savezna Skupština Olga Vrabič, Yugoslavia

Before becoming member of the Federal Assembly, Olga Vrabic was member of the Republic's Council of Slovenia (Minister without Portfolio) 1955-58 and later President of the Municipal Assembly of Celje and a judge in the Constitutional Court. She lived (1916-2001).


1964-65 Chairperson of the Beneluxparlement Mr. J.M. Stoffels-Van Haaften (Netherlands)

Joke was member of the Second Chamber 1955-67 and it's vice-chairperson 1959-63 and 66-67, Member of the Dutch Delegation to the UN General Assembly, 1959-58, Member of the Council of Europe and the West European Union 1957-67, Member of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Benelux 1959-67. She lived (1917-92).


1965, 1968, 1969 and 1974 Chairperson of the Bundesrat Helene Tschitschko, Austria

Member of the Bundesrat 1964-75, and lived (1908-92).


1965 President of the Cámera de Senadores Maria Lavalle Urbina, Mexico (December)  

In 1976-80/2 Subsecretary of Education. And later involved in humanitarian policies and active in a number of UN organizations. (b. 1908-).


 

1965-79 President of the Legislature Marguerite Story, Cook Island (Free Association with New Zealand)

Margaret or Marguerite Nory Eikura Kitimira Story was elected to the Legislature in 1965, but resigned to make way for her brother, Albert Henry, who became Prime Minister and appointed her Speaker of the Legislature. He was stripped of his knighthood in 1978 after being convicted for electoral fraud. She was granted an Order of the British Empire in 1984. She was mother of 8 children. She lived (1922-2009)


1967-71 President of the Sabor Milka Planinc, Croatia (At the time part of Yugoslavia)

Between 1963-67 Minister of Education, 1971-82 Leader of the Communist Party in Croatia, 1982-86 Premier of Yugoslavia. (b. 1924-).


1967-68 and 1971 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Verkhovny Sovet Valentina Alekseyevna Klochkova, Belarus (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

First Secretary of the District Party Committee Postavski 1970-78, Deputy Chairperson of the Supreme Soviet of USSA from 1974,  1. Vice Chairperson of the Soviet of Belarus 1978-1980. (b. 1924-).


 

1969-84 President of the Snemovna Lidů Soňa Pennigerová, Czechoslovakia

As President of the People's Chamber Sona Pennigerova was concurrently 1. Vice-President of the Federal Assembly, she was an MP 1960-76 and member of various Committees. In 1969 she became member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party. (b. 1928-).


1969 Acting Chairperson of Rajya Sabha Violet Alva, India (03.05-20.07.69)

Deputy Chairperson 1962-69 and acted as Chairperson when the Chairperson, the Union Vice-President V.V. Giri, was acting as the country’s President. She had been member of Bombay Legislative Council 1947-52. In 1953-54 and 1962-69 she was Vice-Chairperson and 1969 Member of the Panel of Chairmen of Rayjiah Shaba. 1957-62 also Minister of State for Home Affairs. In 1969 she resigned from parliament because Indira Gandhi backed someone else as Vice-President of the Nation. She died one week later. A protestant she was married to the catholic Joachim Alva, also MP, mother of 3 children and lived (1908-69).


1969-70 President of the General Assembly of the United Nations Angie Elizabeth Brook-Randolph (Liberia)

Assistant Secretary of State of Liberia 1956-73, Delegate to the UN from 1955, 1956 Vice-Chairperson and 1961 chairperson of the Committee of Trust and Non-self Government Territories, 1961 Vice-President of the Committee on Information on Non-Self-government Territories, 1962 Chairperson on the Commission for Ruanda-Urundi, 1965 Vice-President and 1966 President of the Trusteeship Council. Liberian Ambassador to the United Nations 1975-77 and Judge in the Supreme Court from 1977. She lived (1928-2007).


1971-89 Chairperson of the Augstākā Padome Valentina Kliblik, Latvia 

Also known as Kliblika, she was member of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet 1989-90 and 1990-91 Vice-Chairperson of the Council of Nationalities of USSR.


1972-74 Speaker of the Senate Muriel McQueen Ferguson, Canada

Senator 1953-75. She lived (1899-1997). 


1972-76 President of the Bundestag Annemarie Renger, Federal Republic of Germany

1969-72 Parliamentary Secretary General of Socialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands, SDP (Social Democrats). She was Vice-President of the Federal Assembly 1976-90. 1979 she was the Social Democratic Presidential Candidate. She lived (1919-2008).


1973-74 President of the Senate Maria Estela Martínez de Perón, Argentina

As vice-President of the Republic Isabel Peron was also President of the Senate. She succeeded her husband as President 1974-76. Chairperson of Partido Justicial, The Peronist party 1974-85, in Prison 1976-78, exile in Spain 1981-93 (b. 1931-).


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1973-77 President of the Lagting Torild Skard, Norway  

MP for the Socialist Left Party (SV) in 1973-77 and Chair of the Upper House, 1984-86 Director in UNESCO, 1986-91 Director General in the Norwegian Ministry for Development Cooperation/Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1991-94 Assistant Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1994-98 Regional Director of UNICEF (West- and Central Africa) and 1998-2003 Senior Adviser in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (b. 1936-)


1973-83 (†) Speaker of the Senate Dr. Dame Doris Louise Johnson, Bahamas

1968-69 Minister without Portfolio and Leader of the Government in the Senate 1968-69, Minister of Transport 1969-72 and in 1979 Acting Governor General. She lived (1921-83).


1974-79 Speaker of the Senate/Sénat Renaude Lapointe, Canada  

She was journalist, and editor, Delegate to UN  1970-72 and Senator 1971-87, Speaker Pro-Tempore 1982-83, and lived (1912-2002).


1975-80 President of the Asembleia Nacional Carmen Pereira, Cap Verde Islands
1984-89 President of the Asembeia Nacional Popular of Guinea-Bissau

1973-84 Deputy President of Assembléia Nacional Popular and 1975-80 President of the Parliament of Cap Verde (which was in union with Guinea Bissau at the time), 1978-84 Vice President of the Asembeia Nacional Popular of Guinea-Bissau, 1981-83 Minister of Health and Social Affairs and in may 1984 Acting Head of state, 1989-94 member the Council of State, 1990-91 Minister of State (Deputy Premier) for Social Affairs. (b. 1937-).


1976 President of the Cámera de Dipodados Hilda Josefina A. Anderson Nevárez de Rojas, Mexico

Secretary of the Chamber in 1965 and 1980 Secretary of Tourism. Later Secretary of Women's Affairs in the Department of Agriculture and involved in international affairs. August 2000 Vice-President of Constituting Session of the Camera de Diputados. (b. 1949-).


(1976-78 Provisoric Chairperson of the Quánguó Rénmín Dàibiăo Dàhuì Song Qingling, China
1980 Chairperson of the 3rd Session of the
Quánguó Rénmín Dàibi
ăo Dàhuì

In 1927 Member of Executive Council of Nationalist Government, 1929-49 Leader of Opposition against Brother-in-Law President Chiang Kai-chek, 1949-54 Deputy Premier, 1954-76 Vice-Chairperson of The Peoples' Republic (Deputy Head of State) and 1954-59 Vice-Chairperson of the 1. National People's Congress and later it's Provisoric Chair and Acting Head of State, 1980-81 Honorary President of China. She lived (1893-1981).


1976-77 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Verkhovny Sovet Zinaida Mikhaylovna Bychkovskaya, Belarus (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

Vice-President circa 1975-78, she was in charge on two occasions when the post of Chairperson of the presidium of the Supreme Soviet of Belarus was vacant - the post was equivalent to that of a President of the state - there was also a Chairperson of the parliament. She lived (1907-84).


1977 President of the Nationalrat/Conseil national/Consiglio nazionale Elisabeth Blunschy, Switzerland  

One of the first female MPs after Swiss women got suffrage in 1971 as member of the National Council for the Christian People's Party, CPV, 1971-87. Vice-President of the Council 197-77, Lawyer from 1944. (b. 1922-).


1977-81 President of the Lagting Margit Tøsdal, Norway

Vice-President of the Upper House in 1973-77. (b. 1918-).


1978-79 President of the Cámera de Diputados Lidia Gueiler Tejada, Bolivia
1979 President of the Congress 

Acting President 1979-80, until she was deposed in one of the numerous military coup d’etats.


1978-80 Speaker of the Legislature Ada May Edwards, Associated State of St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla (At the time an External Territory of United Kingdom)

A retired teacher, she lived (1911-2004).


 

1978-80 and 1990-94 () President of the House of Arkiri Margaret Makea Karika Ariki, Cook Island (Free Association with New Zealand)

Her full name was Makea Karika Takau Margaret Ariki and she was the holder of  the Queenly title of Makea Karika Takau since circa 1935 and was the Highest Ranking Chief in the House of Ariki (Chiefs). She lived (1919-circa 94). 


1978 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Ülemnõukogu Meta Jangolenko-Vannas, Estonia (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

1967-69 Minister of Public Service, 1969-85 Deputy Chairperson of the Presidium of the Supreme Council. The post was the post was equivalent to that of a President of the state. She lived (1924-2002).


1979-92 President of Camera dei Deputati Nilde Iotti, Italy

In 1962 and 1968-72 Vice-President of the parliamentary group of Partito Communista di Italia, 1969 Vice-President of the Assembly of Montecitorio, 1972-79 Vice-President of the Camera dei Diputati (Chamber of Deputies), 1997-99 Vice-President of the Council of Europe. As President of the Chamber of Deputies she was the third in the state hierarchy after the President and President of the Senate. She lived (1926-99).


1979-81 President of the Legislative Chamber of the Marea Adunare Naţională Alexandrina Găinuşe, Romania

Gainuse was concurrently Vice-President of the Grand National Assembly, 1985-86 Vice-President of the Council of Ministers, 1986-87 Minister of Labour. She lived (1932-2012).


1979-84 President of the Vecé Republika of the Savezna Skupština Stana Tomasević Arnesen, Yugoslavia 

Before becoming President of the Chamber of Republics, she was Member of the Communist Party and Commander in the war against the Germans, 1958-63 Federal Councillor in the Federal Secretariat for Labour Questions, 1963-67 Ambassador to Norway and Iceland, 1969-74 Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federal Assembly, 1974-78 Ambassador to Denmark, 1969-74 Federal Councillor in the Federal Secretariat for External Affairs, (b. 1922- ).


1979-85 President of the European Parliament Simone Veil (France)  

In 1974-79 she was French Minister of Health and Social Affairs 1985-89 Vice-President of the EP 1984-89 President of the Liberal Group of the EP, 1993-95 First Minister of State (Deputy Premier) and Minister of Housing, Social Affairs, Health, and Development of Cities. (b. 1927-).


1980-84 Speaker of the House of Commons/Chambre des communes Jeanne Sauvé, Canada

Former Government Minister and Governor General of Canada 1984-90. She lived (1922-93).  


1980-91 President of the Assembléia Popular Nacional Alda Neves da Graça do Espirito Santo, Sao Tomé e Principe

 Also known as Alda do Espírito Santo or Alda Graça, she fought in the independence war and was a acclaimed poet. 1975-78 Minister of Culture, Education and 1978-80 Minister of Education, Social Affairs and Culture. As President of the National Assembly she was Deputy Head of State. She lived (1926-2010).

1980-89 Speaker of the House of Representatives Marie Davis-Pierre, Dominica

Cerk of the house 1965-80. As Speaker of the House she was Deputy Head of State.  


1980-90 (†) President of the House of Arkiri Pa Tapaeru Terito Ariki, Lady Davies, Cook Island (Free Association with New Zealand)

She inherited the title of Pa Tapaeru in 1932, the highest-ranking traditional leader in the Cook Islands as paramount chief of the Takitumu tribe from 1924. She was first married to George Ani Rima Peyroux and had 9 children, and then to Sir Tom Davis, Premier (1978- 83, 1983-87), and lived (1923-90).


1980 Chairperson of the 3rd Session of the 5th Quánguó Rénmín Dàibiăo Dàhuì
1980-81 (or 1983-86) Chairperson of the Zhōngguó Rénmín Zhèngzhì Xiéshāng Huìyì Deng Yingchao, China

Vice-Chairperson of the NPC 1976-82. In the period 1976-78 there was no Chairperson of the National People's Congress and she was one of the 21 vice-chairmen who constituted the collective Head of State. Other sources name Song Qingling as Provisoric Chairperson. Member of the Politburo 1978 and 1982-85 and Chair of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, CPPCC. She was member of the Group of "Immortals" (Paramount Leaders) 1986-92. She was widow of Premier Zhou Enlai. She lived (1898-1992).


1980-81 Executive Chairperson the 4th Session of the 5th Quánguó Rénmín Dàibiăo Dàhuì Cai Chang, China

1928-77 Member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, 1945-49 Member of the People’s Government Council, 1949-54 Deputy Leader of the Executive and Legislative Power in the Council of Minister,  1975-79 Vice-President of the National People's Congress. She lived (1900-90).


1981-1992 Chairperson of the Presidium of the Kuo-min Ta-hui Yeh Chin-feng, Taiwan

Judge in a number of lower courts before becoming Judge in the Supreme Court 1981-1986. In 1987-1988 she was Senior Specialist of the Judicial Yuan 1987, Commissioner of the Examination Yuan 1987 and 1988, Deputy Director-General, Department of Women's Affairs 1988-1992. 1992-96 Vice-Chairperson of the Mainland Affairs Committee of the Executive Yuan, 1996-2000 Minister of State, 1996-97 Minister without Portfolio, 1997-98 Minister of the Interior, 1998-99 Chairperson of the Mainland Affairs Committee, 1999-2000 Minister of Justice. As Chairperson of the National Assembly she ranked second in the hierarchy of the state after the President.  (b. 1943-).


1981 Joint President of the Consiglio Grande e Generale Maria Lea Pedini Angelini, San Marino (1.4.-30.9)  

As Captain-Regent was her country's first female head of state, government and parliament - jointly with a man. From circa 1991 Director in Ministry of Government and Foreign Affairs. Since 1995 Ambassador in the Ministry to France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway etc. (b. 1954- ).


1981-82/89 President of Asemblea Nacional Dr. (Maria) Julia Castillo Rodas, El Salvador  

In 1981 Vice-President and since 1987 Leader of Partido Autentico Institucional Salvadorano, 1978-81 Undersecretary of Health and later Director General of the Salvadorian Institute of Social Security until 1999 (1940-).


1981-82 President of the Nationalrat/Conseil national/Consiglio nazionale Heidi Lang, Switzerland

Heidi Lang-Agheri was Councillor of Interior in the Canton of Zürich 1983-91 and of Economy 1991-95. She was President of the Government 1989-90 and 1994-95. She lived 1931-2004).


1981-85  Joint Chairperson of the Libandla Queen Mother Dzeliwe Shongwe of Swaziland 

After the death of her husband, King Sobhuza II she was regent for one of his sons,and as such also Co-Chair the Swazi National Council  or Upper House. She lost the title of Queen Mother in 1985. (b. circa 1927-).


 

1981-82 and 1987 President of the Legislature Ruby M. Rouss, United States Virgin Islands

Senator 1979-89. She lived (1921-88).


1982-83 and 1987-89 Cathaoirleach/Chairperson of the Senead Eireann/the Senate Trás Honan, Ireland

Senator 1977-93 and was Senate vice-President 1983-87. As Senate Chairperson she was member of the Collective vice-presidency of the Country. Her husband Derry Honan was also a Senator, and died in 1986.


 

1982-88 President of the Skubscina Silva Jeret, Slovenia (At the time part of Yugoslavia)  

No background information has been found on her.


1982 and 1987 President of the Nordic Council Elsi Hetemäki-Olander (Finland)

Vice-President of the Council 1979-82, 1983-87 and 1988-91 and 1. Vice-President of the Finnish Eduskunta/Riksdag, National Assembly 1988-91. (b. 1927-).


1982-85 President of the Conseil General
1992-2004 President of the Conseil Regional Lucette Michaux-Chevry, Guadalupe (France)

As President of the Conseil General she was also Chief of the Government. 1986-87 Secretary of State and 1993-95 Minister Delegate of Foreign Affairs in the French Government, 1987-95 Maire de Gourbreyre, 1995- Maire de Basse-Terre (b. 1929-).


1983-87 President of the Upper House of the AlÞing Salome Þorkelsdóttir , Iceland
1991 President of the United AlÞing

1991-95 President of the AlÞing 

Salome Thorleksdottir was 2. Vice-President of the Upper House 1987-88 and 1. Vice-President of the United Thing 1988-91. As President of the Athing she was member of the collective vice-presidency of the Republic.  The Athing became an unicameral legislature in 1991. (b. 1927-)  


1983-86 Chairperson of  Zhōngguó Rénmín Zhèngzhì Xiéshāng HuìyìKang Keqing, China

Vice-Chairperson of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, CPPCC, 1979-93, and lived (1911-92).


1983-86 President of the Senate Jeanette Grant-Woodham, Jamaica

Vice-President 1981-83 and Minister of State of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Industry 1986-89. University Lecturer at West Indies University in Jamaica.


 

1983-89 President of the Legislative Chamber of the Marea Adunare Naţională Marie Gheorge, Romania

1983-89 Vice-Chairperson of the State Committee for Prices and 1983-89 also Vice-President of the Grand National Assembly.


 

1984-89 President of the Senate Doris June Garcia, Belize

A leading member of the Socialist ruling party, and senator 1984-89.


1984-85 and 1988-89 President of the Nordic Council Karin Söder (Sweden)  

First Vice-Chairperson 1971-86, Deputy Group Leader 1978-79 and 1982-86, Chairperson of The Center Party 1986-87,  Minister of Foreign Affairs 1976-78 and of Health, Social Affairs and Nordic Co-operation 1979-82,  Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs’ Committee of the Riksdag 1984-86. (b. 1928-).


1984 and 1989-90 Joint President of the Consiglio Grande e Generale Gloriana Ranocchini, San Marino  

As Captain Regent she was Head of State, Government and Parliament for a six-month period jointly with a man. (b. 1957-).


1984-89 President of the Sobranje Kata Lahtova, Macedonia (At the time part of Yugoslavia)  

Socialist leader and Undersecretary for Health and Social Politics in the 1960s. She lived (1924-95).


1984 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Verkhovny Sovet Nizoramo Zaripova, Tadzikistan  (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

The Vice-President of the Supreme Soviet 1966-89, she was acting on two occasions when the post of Chairperson of the presidium of the Supreme Soviet of The Tadzik AS.S. was vacant - the post was equivalent to that of a President of the state. (b. 1923-).


1984-90 President of the Odelsting Åshild Hauan, Norway  

The Odelsting is the Lower House of the Norwegian Storting. Fylkesman/Governor of Norland 1991-2007. (b. 1942-).


1984-90 Chairperson of the Presidium of the Verkhovna Rada Valentina Semenovna Seveenko, Ukraine (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

Валентина Семенівна Шевченк's surname is transcribed as Semynovna Shevchenko, and as chair of the Supreme Council, her position was equivalent to that of a Head of State though power were vested in the 1. Secretary of the Communist Party. (b. 1935-).


1985 Executive Chairperson of the 3rd. Session of the 6th Quánguó Rénmín Dàibiăo Dàhuì Shi Liang, China

1949-55 Minister of Justice and Member of the Executive Council, 1953-79 Vice-Chairperson and 1979-85 Member of the Presidium of the National People's Congress, 1978-87 Vice-Chairperson of Chinese Peoples' Political Consultative Conference and 1979-85 Chairperson of China Democratic League Party. She lived (1900-85)


1985- Joint Chairperson of the Libandla Queen Mother Ntombi laTfwala of Swaziland 

Emakhosikati (Queen) Ntombi was one of the youngest wifes of Sobhuza II, and mother of the future king Mswati II. After the former Queen Mother Regent, Dzeliwe, was removed, she was installed as Queen regent in late October, As Queen Mother she is Deputy Head of State and co-Chairperson of the Swazi National Council, together with the king. (b. circa 1950-).


1986-87 President of Asemblea Legislativa Dr. Rose Marie Karpinsky Rodero de Morillo, Costa Rica  

Until 1976 Ambassador to Israel, 1994-97 to Spain and France etc., 1997 candidate for the post of 1. Vice-President.


1986-89 Speaker of the House of Representatives Joan Child, Australia

Labour MP 1974-75 and 1980-90, Deputy Speaker 1983-86. She lived (1921-2013)


 

1986-87 President of the Federal Chamber of the Savezna Skupština Milka Takeva-Gligorijevic , Yugoslavia

No background information has been found on her.


1986-92 President of the Assembly of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference Mary Simons (Canada)

1978 Secretary of the board of Directors of Northern Québec Inuit Association, 1979-82 1. Vice-President and 1982-85 President of the Makivik Corporation, Special Envoy 1992-94, 1994 Commissioner of the Nunavut Implementation Commission (preparing the autonomous Inuit Territory in Canada). 1994-99 Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs and 1999-2001 Ambassador to Denmark. The ICC is cooperation between the Inuits (Eskimos) in Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Russia. (b. 1942-).


1987 Chairperson of the Bundesrat Dr. Helga Heiden-Sommer, Austria  

Member of the Bundesrat 1979-83 and 1986-90 and member of the Nationalrat 1983-86. (b. 1934-).


1987 Acting Chairperson of Rajya Sabha Pratibha Patil, India (27.07-02.09)
Member of the Government of Maharashtra 1967-78 and 1982-85, Congress Leader and Leader of the Opposition 1979-80. Deputy Chairperson of the Union Upper House, the Rajya Sabha 1986-88 and Acting Chairperson  in 1987, when the incumbent was elected President, Governor of Rajasthan 2004-07 and State President from 2007. Married to Devisingh Shekhawat, a former Mayor of Amravati. (b. 1934-).

1988-98 President of the Bundestag Prof. Dr. Rita Süßmuth, Germany

Süssmuth was Federal Minister of Youth, Family and Health 1984-88. Since 2000 Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of OSCE. (b. 1937-).


1988 Executive Chairperson of the 1st. Session of the 7th Quánguó Rénmín Dàibiăo Dàhuì Chen Muhua, China

1971-82 Vice-Minister of Economic Relations with Foreign Countries, 1977-82 Minister of External Trade, 1978-82 Vice-Premier Minister,1981-82 Minister of Family Planning
1982-88 Minister of External Trade and of Economic Relations with Foreign Countries, 1988-93 State Councillor and 1988-98 Vice-Chairperson of the National Peoples' Congress, Former Chairperson of the People's Bank of China, The Central Bank. (b. 1923-).


1988-91 President of the Sameinad AlÞing Gudrún Helgadóttir, Iceland

As President of the United AlÞing she was member of the collective vice-presidency of the Country. 1991-99 She was 1. Vice-President of the United Althing.  President of the United Alliance Party since 1998. (b. 1930-).


1988-90 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Verkhovny Sovet Roza Atamuradovna Bazarova, Turkmenistan (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

1975 Deputy Premier Minister and 1975-88 Member of the Presidium of Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union. (b. 1933-).


1988-89 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Verkhovny Sovet Vera Vasilyevna Sidorova, Kazakstan (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

Вера Васильевна СИДОРОВА  functioned as head of the state on two occasions when the post of chairman of the presidium of the Supreme Soviet of Kazakstan was vacant - the post was equivalent to that of a President of the state.


1989-94 President of the Chambre des Députés/ Abgeordnetenkammer Erna Hennicot-Schoepges, Luxembourg
1993-94 President of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union 

1988-95 Mayor of Walfendange, 1989-93 Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions of the EU, 1995-2003 President of Parti Chrétien Social, 1995-2004 Minister of Cultural and Religious Affairs and Research and from 1999 also Minister of Higher Education and Public Works. She was Minister of National Education 1995-99. Member of the European Parliament from 2004 (b. 1941-).


1989-93 President of the Odelsting (Lower House) Inger Lise Gjørv, Norway  

1984-86 Secretary of the Odelsting, 1986-89 2. Assistant Vice-President of the Storting, Vice President of the European Council 1988-93 and Fylkesman/Governor of Nord Trøndelag since 1993. (b. 1938-).


1989-93 President of the Senate Jane Usher, Belize  

1979-89 Parliamentary Secretary and Deputy Minister of Health and 1984-89 Parliamentary Secretary of Housing and Co-operatives. After her political career, she was Executive Treasurer and Chief Executive Officer of the Holy Redeemer Credit Union (HRCU), and was still in office in 2013, when she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Galen University. (b. 1917-).


Elmira Kafarova 1989-90 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Yüksek Sovyet
1990-92 President of the Milli Mejlis
Elmira Mikaeil-Kyzy Kafarova, Azerbaijan (USSR)
Эльмира Микаил кызы КАФАРОВА, Elmira Mikayıl qızı Qafarova or Gafarova was First Secretary of the Communist Party of Baku 1980, 1980-83 Minister of Education,  1983-87 Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1987-89 Deputy Premier Minister, 1989 Premier Minister and in the same period she was also member of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.1990-92 President of the Supreme Soviet of the independent Azerbaijan She lived (1934-94)

1989-90 President of the Assembly of the Association of Pacific Legislatures Herminia Dierking (Guam)

Senator in Guam and had been Secretary of the Assembly 1986-88 and Vice-President 1988-89. from 1994. She lived ( 1955-2008).


Last update 24.11.14

 

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