Austria Ministers abcWorldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
Female Ministes of the Republic of Austria/Republik Österreich
(Female Suffrage 1918) The Republic of Austria comprising of 9 provinces was established 1918 in the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was part of The Third Rich (Ostmark) 1938-45, 1945-55 Occupied by the allied forces and gained full sovereignty 1955

See also Parliament and Heads of State

1945 Understate secretary for Food Helene Postranecky 
In 1946 she became Vice-Chairperson of the Kommunistische Partei Österreichs KPÖ. Her full name was Helene Postranecky, verehelichte Altmann, and lived (1903-95)

1966-70 Federal Minister of Social Affairs Grete Rehor
MP for ÖVP 1949-70. She was born as Margarethe Daurer
, and lived (1910-72)

1969 Federal Minister without Portfolio in the Chancellery Herta Firnberg
1970-84 Federal Minister for Science and Research
1979 Acting Minister of Health and Environment
Deputy Chairperson of SPÖ, The Social Democratic Party 1966-83. She lived (1909-94)

1970-71 (†) State Secretary for Social Affairs Gertrude Mondrack
Former Member of the Bundesrat and Nationalrat and died in a car crash, and lived (1920-71)

1971-72 Federal Minister in the Chancellery Ingrid Leodolter
1972-79 Federal Minister of Health and Environment

Head of the Sophienspital (hospital in Vienna) 1961-71, and lived (1919-86)

1971-79 State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery Elfride Karl
1979-83 State Secretary of Finance
1983-84 Federal Minister of Family, Youth and Consumers Protection
Secretary of the Nationalrat (Lower House) 1984-90. (b. 1933- )

1979-87 State Secretary of Construction and Technique for Housing Policy Beatrix Eypeltauer
MP for SPÖ 1975-83. (b. 1929- )

1979-83 State Secretary for Trade and Industry Anneliese Albrecht
Deputy Leader of the Parliamentary Group of SPÖ 1979. (b. 1933- )

1979-83 State Secretary for Social Affairs Franziska Fast
1982 State Secretary for Working Women in the Federal Chancellery
Labour Union Leader, former member of the Landtag of Wien and member of the Landtag. She lived (1925-2003).

1982-90 State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery Johanna Dohnal
1990-91 Federal Minister without Portfolio in the Federal Chancellery
1991-95 Federal Minister for Women's Affairs (Third in the cabinet)
Former member of the Landtag of Vienna, former MP and former Vice-Chairperson of SPÖ. (b. 1939-).

1984-87 Federal Minister of Family, Youth and Consumers' Protection Gertrude Fröhlich-Sandner
Deputy Landeshaubtmann (Premier) and Deputy Mayor in charge of Education and Family of Wien/Vienna 1969-84,
and lived (1926-2008).

1987 Federal Minister of Family, Youth and Consumers' Protection, Health and Environment
1987-90 Federal Minister of Environment, Family and Youth Marilies Flemming
Former member of the Landtag of Vienna, former MP and of the European Parliament for ÖVP 1996-2004. (b. 1933- ).

1987-90 Federal Minister of Education and Sport Hilde Hawlicek
Parlementsrätin 1994-95, Vice-President of the Socialist Group and Leader of SPÖ in the of the European Parliament 1995-99. (b. 1942-).

1990-92 Federal Minister of Environment, Family and Youth Ruth Feldgrill-Zankel
Deputy Chairperson of ÖVP, Austrian People's Party 1989-93, Mayor of
Graz 1992-98 (b. 1942-).

1990-95 State Secretary of Economy for Construction and Tourism Maria Theresia Fekter
2008-11 Federal Minister of Interior
2011-13 Federal Minister of Finance

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Klub of ÖVP 1995-99,
Secretary of the Nationalrat from 2004-07, she was narrowly defeated by a man within the ÖVP Klub for the post of 2. President of the Nationalrat (1. Vice-President) in 2006 and one of the three Ombudsmen 2007-08 and Vice-Chairperson of ÖVP from 2008. (b. 1956-).

1992-95 Federal Minister of Environment Maria Rauch-Kallat
1992-94 Federal Minister of Family and Youth
2003-07 Federal Minister of Health and Women
General Secretary of ÖVP 1995-2003. (b. 1949-).

1992-94 State Secretary for European Affairs in the Federal Chancellery Brigitte Erderer
1994-96 Minister of State for European Affairs, Integration and Development Co-operation in the Federal Chancellery
Deputy Parliamentary Leader 1991-92, Secretary General of SPÖ 1996-97, Stadträtin/Councillor of Finance, Economy, City Properties and Transport of Wien 1997-2000. (b. 1956- )

1994 Federal Minister of Health and Public Service Christa Krammer
1994-96 Federal Minister of Consumers' Protection, Health and Sport
1996-97 Federal Minister of Health
Councillor of Culture, Health and Social Policy of Burgenland 1987-94. (b. 1944-).

1994 Federal Minister without Portfolio Sonja Moser-Starrach
1994-96 Federal Minister of Youth and Family Affairs
MP for ÖVP 1996-99. Changed her surname to
Stiegelbauer in 1998. (b. 1946-).

1995-97 Federal Minister of Women's Affairs in the Chancellery Helga Konrad
Secretary General of Landespartei SPÖ 1990-91. (b. 1948-).

1995-2007 Federal Minister of Education and Culture Elisabeth Gehrer
1996 Acting Chancellor and President (A few hours on 23. September)
2000-07 Federal Minister of Research

In 1996 she was Acting Chief of Government and therefore also Acting Head of State until Chancellor Vranitsky returned to the country and became Acting President during the ilness of the Federal President. Privously she was She was Vice-President of the Landtag 1989-90, Landesrätin of Schools, Science, Youth and Family of Voralberg 1990-91, and has been Vice-Chairperson of ÖVP since 1999 and in 2002-03 she was Deputy Parliamentary Leader of ÖVP even though she was still Acting Minister. (b. 1942-).

1995-2000 Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Benita Maria Ferrero-Waldner
2000-04 Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs
2000 Chairperson of the Ministerial Council of OSCE
2004-10 European Commissioner of the European Union for External Relations
Career diplomat, 1993 Minister and Assistant Chief of Protocol of the Foreign Ministry, 1994-1995 Assistant Secretary General of the United Nation and Chief of Protocol. 2004 Unsuccessful Presidential candidate and 2009 Candidate for the post of Director General of UNOESCO. (b. 1948-).

1997-2000 Federal Minister of Health, Labour and Social Affairs Eleonore (Lore) Hostasch
Vice-Chairperson of the Central Association of Austrian Labourers 1991- 95. (b. 1944-).

1997-200 Federal Minister of Consumers’ and Women’s Affairs Barbara Prammer
2004 Joint Acting Head of State (06.07-08.07.2004)
Second President (1. Vice-President) of the Landtag 1991-95, Landesrätin of Housing and Construction, Environment and Administrative Control of Oberösterreich 1995-97. Since 1995 Deputy Federal Chairperson of SPÖ, 2000-04 Deputy Leader of the SPÖ-Klub in the Nationalrat
From 1991 Deputy Chairperson of SPÖ in Oberösterreich, 1. Vice-President of the National Assembly 2004-06 and President 2006
until her death. When the outgoing President died two days before his successor was to take office in July 2004, she assumed the Presidential duties together with the two other members of the Presidium of the Assembly. In the obituaries after her death it was mentioned that she would have been the most likely presidential candidate for her party in 2016. She lived (1954-2014).

2000-03 Vice Federal Chancellor and Federal Minister of Sport and Administrative Reform Susanne Reiss-Passer
Chairperson of the Group of the Bundesrat 1992-95 and 1997-98, Party Vice-Chairperson and  1996-2000 Caretaking Chairperson and 2000-02 Leader (Bundesparteiobfrau)  Freiheitliche Partei Östereichs (FPÖ) after Jörg Haiders resignation. On 09.09.02 she resigned from her party positions and the and announced that she would she down from the government because of disagreement with Haider, but agreed to stay on until after new elections and a new government had been appointed. (b. 1961-).

2000 Federal Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Generations Elisabeth Sickl
Landrätin (Minister) of Environment, Technique, Water-Economy 1994-99 and 1999-2000 3rd President (2. Vice-President) of Landtag of Kärnten.  (b. 1940-)

2000 Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Innovation and Technology Monika Forstinger
Member of a local parliament for FPÖ. (b. 1963-)

2000-03 State Secretary for Tourism in Ministry of Industry Mares Rossmann
Former municipal Councillor for FPÖ. (b.1953-). 
2003-05 State Secretary of Social Affairs, Generations and Consumer's Protection Ursula Haubner
2005-07 Federal Minister of Social Affairs, Generations and Consumer's Protection
Member of the government in Oberösterreich when she was nominated deputy to one of the leader candidates in the chaos that followed after her brother - the former party leader and Jörg Haider - had staged a coup against the leader, Susanne Riess-Passer. Haubner afterwards became Co-Leader and Chief of Management until she was elected Party Leader in July 2004. In April 2005 her brother founded a new party, Vice-Chairperson of the Bündnis für die Zukunft Österreichs (BZÖ), which she joined, and from 2006 she has been Deputy Chairperson of the Parliamentary Club of the party. (b. 1945-).

2004-08 Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Ursula Plassnik
Chief of Cabinet of Federal Chancellor Wolfang Schüssel 1997-2004 and Ambassador to Swizerland. Chairperson of the Concil for General Affairs and External Relations (Council of Ministers) in the European Union as Austria held the EU Presidency 01.01-30.06.2006. She did not want to continue in the government in 2008. (b. 1956-).

2004-06 (†) Federal Minister of the Interior Liese Prokop
Member of the Landtag of Niederösterreich from 1969, Councillor in the Provincial government 1981 and Vice-Premier 1992-2004 and President of the European Union Assembly for Local Authorities 2000-04. She died of a hard attack on new years eve and lived (1941-2006).

2004-07 Federal Minister of Justice Karin Gastinger
Took office under the name of Miklautsch, but when she married in 2005, she changed her surname. Former civil servant in the government of Kärnten. Member of the government for FPÖ until she joined the newly formed BZÖ and became one of it's Vice-Chairpersons in 2005. She left the party in 2006, a few days before the elections. Mother of her first child in July 2006. (b. 1964-).

2007-08 Federal Minister of Justice Maria Berger
SPÖ Member of the European Parliament 1996-2007 and from 2008. (b. 1956-).

2007-08 Federal Minister of Health, Family and Youth Andrea Kdolsky
Medicial Doctor and business executive. Married 3 times, no children. (b. 1962-).

2007-13 Federal Minister of Education, Culture and Arts Claudia Schmied
Banking executive and former Advisor of a SPÖ Minister of Finance. (b. 1959-).

2007-08 Federal Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Federal Chancellor in charge of Women's Affairs, Media and Civil Service
2008-14 Federal Minister of Infrastructure, Trafic, Innovation and Technology Doris Bures
SPÖ Member of Parliament from 1990 and Party Secretary General 2000-07 and again in 2008 and President of the National Council from 2014. (b. 1962-).

2007-08 State Secretary in the Office of the Federal Chancellor in charge of the Administrative Reform and Regional Policies
2008 Federal Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Federal Chancellor in charge of Women's Affairs, Media and Regional Policies Heidrun Silhavy
SPÖ Member of Parliament since 1994 and Deputy Chairperson of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Faction and the Club of Social Democrats Members of the National Assembly, Federal Assembly and European Parliament 2000-07. (b. 1956-).

2007-08 State Secretary of Traffic, Innovation and Technology (Infrastructure) Christa Kranzl
SPÖ Councillor of Social Affairs of Niederösterreich 1999-2007. (b. 1960-)

2007-09 State Secretary of Economic Affairs, Family and Youth Christine Marek
ÖVP Member of Parliament since 2002 and Leader of the Party in Vienna from 2010. (b. 1969-).

2008- Federal Minister of Women's Affairs Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek
2008-13 Federal Minister of the Civil Service
2013-16 Federal Minister of Education
2013-14 Federal Minister of Art and Culture
2013-16 Federal Minister of Women's Affairs

Former SPÖ MP and Councillor of Social Affairs, Health and Youth of Niederösterreich in 2008. (b. 1961-).

2009-11 Federal Minister of Justice Claudia Bandion-Ortner
Non-Political Judge, appointed by the ÖVP. (b. 1967-).

2010-13 Federal Minister for Science and Research Beatrix Karl
2011-13 Federal Minister of Justice
MP for ÖVP since 2006 and from 2008 Head of the conservative trade union (ÖAAB). (b. 1967-).

2010-11 State Secretary of Economics Affairs, Family and Youth Verena Remler

2011-16 Federal Minister of Interior Johanna Mikl-Leitner
MP for ÖVP 1999-2003, Councillor of Social Affairs, Labour and Family 2003-2011 in Niederösterreich, Vice-Chairperson of ÖVP 2008, Vice-President of the Assembly of European Regions 2008-11 and Deputy Chief og Government and Councillor of Finance in Niederösterreich from 2016. (b. 1964-)

2013- Minister of Family and Youth Affairs Sophie Karmasin
Owner of Karmasin Motivforschung and political commentator. Appointed by ÖVP. (b. 1967-)

2013-14 State Secretary of Finance for Administration and the Civil Service Sonja Steßl
2014-16 State Secretary in the Office of the Federal Chancellor for Administration and the Civil Service
MP for SPÖ 2011-13. (b. 1981-)

2016- Minister of Education and Women's Affairs Sonja Hammerschmid 

2016- State Secretary in the Office of the Federal Chancellor Muna Duzdar



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