Hedy d'Ancona

Hedy d'Ancona in 2010 '''Hedwig "Hedy" d'Ancona''' (; born 1 October 1937) is a retired Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA) and political activist.

d'Ancona applied at the University of Amsterdam in June 1956 majoring in Sociology and obtaining an Bachelor of Social Science degree in June 1958 before graduating with an Master of Social Science degree in July 1962. d'Ancona worked as a television producer for the ''VARA'' from November 1962 until September 1965 and as a researcher at the University of Amsterdam from September 1965 until November 1972. d'Ancona also worked as a political activist in the feminism movement and co-founded the feminist action group Man Woman Society in October 1968. d'Ancona worked as editor-in-chief of the feminist magazine ''Opzij'' from November 1972 until September 1981.

d'Ancona was elected as a Member of the Senate after the Senate election of 1974, taking office on 17 September 1974 serving as a frontbencher chairing the parliamentary committee for Housing and Spatial Planning and parliamentary committee for Culture, Recreation and Social Work and spokesperson for Emancipation and Gender equality. After the election of 1981 d'Ancona was appointed as State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment in the Cabinet Van Agt II, taking office on 11 September 1981. The Cabinet Van Agt II fell just seven months into its term on 12 May 1982 and continued to serve in a demissionary capacity until the first cabinet formation of 1982 when it was replaced by the caretaker Cabinet Van Agt III on 29 May 1982 and she subsequently returned as a Member of the Senate following the resignation of Clovis Cnoop Koopmans, taking office on 31 August 1982 serving as a frontbencher and spokesperson for Health, Emancipation, Gender equality and Abortion. In June 1983 d'Ancona announced that she wouldn't stand for the Senate election of 1983 and continued to serve until the end of the parliamentary term on 13 September 1983. d'Ancona Rooy was elected as a Member of the European Parliament after the European Parliament election of 1984, taking office on 24 July 1984. After the election of 1989 d'Ancona was appointed as Minister of Welfare, Health and Culture in the Cabinet Lubbers III, taking office on 7 November 1989. In April 1994 d'Ancona announced that she wouldn't stand for the election of 1994 but wanted tot return to the European Parliament. On 16 July 1994 d'Ancona resigned as Minister of Welfare, Health and Culture after she was elected again as a Member of the European Parliament, serving from 19 July 1994 until 20 July 1999. Provided by Wikipedia
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