Hedy d'Ancona

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Hedy d'Ancona

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Hedy d'Ancona in 2010
Minister of Welfare, Health and Culture
In office
7 November 1989 – 16 July 1994
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byElco Brinkman
Succeeded byJo Ritzen (Ad interim)
Member of the European Parliament
In office
24 July 1984 – 7 November 1989
In office
19 July 1994 – 20 July 1999
Parliamentary groupParty of European Socialists
ConstituencyNetherlands
State Secretary for Social Affairs
and Employment
In office
11 September 1981 – 29 May 1982
Serving with Ien Dales
Prime MinisterDries van Agt
Preceded byLouw de Graaf
Succeeded byPiet van Zeil
Member of the Senate
In office
31 August 1982 – 13 September 1983
In office
17 September 1974 – 11 September 1981
Parliamentary groupLabour Party
Personal details
Born
Hedwig d'Ancona

(1937-10-01) 1 October 1937 (age 81)
The Hague, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyLabour Party
Spouse(s)
Guus de Boer
(m. 1963; div. 1972)
Domestic partnerEd van Thijn (1973–1979)
Berend Boudewijn (1983–1987)
Aat Veldhoen (since 1999)
ChildrenHajo de Boer (born 1969)
Hadassah de Boer (born 1971)
ResidenceAmsterdam, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam
(Bachelor of Social Science, Master of Social Science)
OccupationPolitician, activist, social scientist, television producer

Hedwig "Hedy" d'Ancona (Dutch pronunciation: [ɦɛdʋix ɦeːdi dɑŋkoːnaː]; born 1 October 1937) is a Dutch feminist, television producer, and retired politician of the Labour Party (PvdA). d'Ancona was a television producer in the 1960s and 1970s for the VARA, and co-founded the influential feminist magazine Opzij in 1972. From 1989 to 1994 she was the Minister of Health, Welfare and Culture, and she acted as State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment for issues concerning women's liberation. She also served in the European Parliament and in the first chamber of the Dutch parliament.

Biography[edit]

Education and academic career[edit]

Hedwig d'Ancona was born in The Hague in the Netherlands on 1 October 1937.[1]

Politics[edit]

From 1989 to 1994 she was the Minister of Health, Welfare and Culture (presently known as the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport as the responsibility for culture was transferred to the reorganized Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in 1994). She acted as State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment for issues concerning women's liberation. She also served in the European Parliament and in the first chamber of the Dutch parliament, for the Labour Party.

Private sector[edit]

Outside of government, she is known for starting the feminist monthly Opzij as well as the special interest lobbying group, Man-Vrouw-Maatschappij (Man-Woman-Society), which she co-founded with Joke Smit. d'Ancona gave the 2015 Mosse Lecture, titled Voorbij de M/V-maatschappij? (Beyond the M/F society?).[2]

Oxfam[edit]

From April 1995 through June 2004, d'Ancona was Chairwoman of Oxfam Novib (Oxfam Netherlands), serving also as Vice-Chairman of Oxfam International during part of her tenure.

Career[edit]

  • 1962 - 1965: TV-producer for the VARA
  • 1965 - 1975: Researcher in social geography at the University of Amsterdam
  • 1974 - 1981: Member of the first chamber of Dutch parliament, for the Labour Party.
  • 1975 - 1981: Director of Centrum Beleidsadviserend Onderzoek (Cebeon), a company that offers research-based advice to government and non-profit organisations, with Maurice de Hond
  • September 1981 - May 1982: Secretary of State, Ministry of Welfare and Employment
  • August 1982 - September 1983: Member of Parliament
  • 1984-1989: Member of the European Parliament
  • 1989-1994: Minister of Welfare, Health and Culture
  • 1994-1999: Member of European Parliament

Honors[edit]

In 1992, Hedy d'Ancona was awarded the Harriet Freezerring, a women's liberation prize, by the monthly Opzij she started. In 1994, she was named as a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. In 2002, she won the Aletta Jacobsprijs, a women's emancipation prize awarded by University of Groningen every two years.[citation needed]

Decorations[edit]

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NLD Order of the Dutch Lion - Knight BAR.png Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 8 October 1994

References[edit]

  1. ^ Drs. H. (Hedy) d' Ancona (in Dutch), Parlement & Politiek. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Mosse-lezing 'Voorbij de M/V-maatschappij?' door Hedy d'Ancona" [Mosse Lecture 'Beyond the M/F society?' by Hedy d’Ancona] (in Dutch). COC Nederland. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2019.

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Louw de Graaf
State Secretary for Social
Affairs and Employment

1981–1982
With: Ien Dales
Succeeded by
Piet van Zeil
Preceded by
Elco Brinkman
Minister of Welfare,
Health and Culture

1989–1994
Succeeded by
Jo Ritzen
Ad interim