Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
Greece/ Ellinikí Dimocratia/ Ellas
(Female Local suffrage 1934, National female suffrage 1952) Greece was ruled from Rome 146 BCE to CE 395 when it became part of the Eastern Empire (Byzans and Constantinople). I independent from Ottoman (Turkish) Rule 1821-27 and a Kingdom until 1973

Also see Greece Heads and Greece Parliament  

1956-58 Minister of Social Affairs Lina Tsaldari
Conservative MP and daughter of Spyridon Lambrou, who was Prime Minister (1916-19) and married to Panagis Tsaldaris, who was Prime Minister (1932-33 and 1933-35), she lived (1887-1981).

1974 Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare Nikie Goulandri

1976-77 Deputy Minister of  Education and Religion Lina Koutifari

1977-80 Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare Anna Synodino

1981-89 Minister of Culture and Tourism Melina Mercouri
1993-94
(†) Minister of Culture
Had an international acting career behind her when she returned to Greece after the fall of the junta. She became an MP and minister and was candidate for the post of Mayor of Athens. She lived (1921-94)

1981-85 Deputy Minister  of Health and Welfare Maria Kyproatako-Perraki
1986 Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare
1988-89 Deputy Minister of State (for Equality)

1981-85? Deputy Minister of  Health and Welfare (Stav)roula Kakamanaki-Rigou

1985 Deputy Minister of Energy and Industry Vassiliki (Vasso) Papandreau
1986-88 Alternate Minister of Industry
1988-89 Minister of External Trade (Alternate Minister of Trade)
1989-92 EEC-Commissioner for Labour, Social Affairs and Industry
1996-99 Minister of Development (Industry, Trade, Energy, Technology and Tourism)
1999-2001 Minister of Interior, Public Administration and Decentralization (Second in the Cabinet)
2001-
04 Minister of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works
Vice-President of the Council of Europe 1994-96, among the Leaders of the Socialists, PASOK, after Premier Papandreau’s resignation (they are not related). 2000-01 she was the only woman in the government. One was Alternate and three Deputy Ministers of a total 43 members. In 2001 she was still the only female minister and four others were Deputy Ministers of a total of 48 members. (b. 1956-).

1986-88 Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare Silva-Kaiti Akiva

1988-89 Deputy Minister of Culture Irene Lambraki

1989 Alternate Minister of Education and Religion Dr. Anna Psarouda-Benaki
1990-91 Alternate Minister of Culture
1991-92 Minister of Culture
1992-93 Minister of Justice
Vice-President of the Parliament
2000-04 and Parliament President from 2004. (b. 1934-).

1990-92 Minister of Health and Welfare Marietta Yannakou-Koutsikou
2004-07 Minister of Education and Religious Affairs
Another version of her surname is
Giannakou. She is a former Member of the European Parliament and MP 1996-2007. The Conservative Government which came in office in 2004 has got 2 female and 44 male members. (b. 1951-).

1990-91 Deputy Minister of State adjunct to the Premier Minister Dora Bakoyannis
1992 Deputy Minister of State adjunct to the Premier Minister
1992-93 Minister of Culture
2006-09 Minister of Foreign Affairs

Chief of staff of her father, Konstantine Mitsotakis, when he became leader of the New Democracy party from 1984 and later Prime Minister. After her husband, Pavlos Bakoyannis, was assassinated in 1989, she was elected to the Parliament. Candidate for the leadership of Nea Demokratia in 1996 and 2009, Shadow Foreign- and  Minister 2000-02, Mayor of Athens 2002-06 and Chairperson-in-Office of OSCE in 2009, excluded from ND and founded her own party Democratic Alliance in 2011 but rejoined ND in 2012. Married to Isidoros Kouvelos from 1998. (b. 1956-).

1990-91 Deputy Minister of Education and Religion Calliope (Kelly) A. Bourdera
1992-93 Deputy Minister of Culture
(b. 1948- )

1990-92 Deputy Minister of Culture for Sports and Youth Fanni Palli-Petralia
1992-93 Deputy Minister of Welfare in Ministry Health, Welfare and Social Services
2004-06 Alternate Minister of Culture
2006-07 Minister of Tourism
2007-09 Minister of Employment and Social Protection

Spokesperson of the Nea Demokratia 1993-94.

1991-93 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Virginia Tsouderon
Parliamentary Spokesperson for Nea Demokratia 1990-91.

1993-96 Chief of Staff by the Premier Minister Dimitra Lani
Seen as the leading force behind her husband, Premier Minister Andreas Papandreau (1919-96), who was very ill during his last tenure in government. She is a former stewardess. (b. 1954-)

1993-96 Deputy Minister of Environment, Urban Planning and Public Works Elissavet Papazoi
1996-99 Minister of the Aegean Sea
1999-2000 Minister of Culture
2000-01 Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs for Europe
Prefect of The Cyclades 1982-87, Ambassador to Cuba 1987-89 and Secretary of the PASOK-group for Foreign Policy 1989-93. (b. 1944-)

1993-96 Deputy Minister of Education and Religion Eleni Stefanou

1993 Deputy Minister of State (for Equality) Maria Arseni
1994-95 Deputy Minister of Equal Rights for Women
1995-96 Deputy Minister of  Education and Religion
Prefect of Pieria 1982-85, Dean of the Parliament 1990-93.

1996-98 Deputy Minister of  Development Anna Dhiamandopoulous
1998-99 Alternate Minister of Development
1999-
2004 EU-Commissioner of Social Affairs
2009-12 Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs
Prefect of Kastoria 1985-86, Secretary General of Adult Education 1987-88, of Youth 1988-89 and of Industry 1994-96, MP 1996-99.

1999-2000 Deputy Minister of National Economy Rodoula Zissi
2001-
04 Deputy Minister of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works
Secretary of the Bureau of the Parliament 1993-96, and Dean of the Parliament 1996-99. Former Secretary in the Organization of PASOK. (b. 1953-)

2000-01 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Algeliki Laiou

2000-01 Deputy Minister of Development Milena Apostolaki

2000-01 Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare Christina Spyraki

2001-04 Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare Elpida Tsouri
2010-11 Deputy Minister of Maritime Affairs, Islands and Fisheries

2001-04 Deputy Minister of Education and Religious Affairs Eleni Kourkoula

2007-09 Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Protection Sofia Kalantzakou

2009-10 Minister of Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Louka Katseli
2010-11 Minister of Labour and Social Insurance
She left Pasok and founded the Social Agreement Party in 2012 and was leader until 2015, MP until 2012 and became Chair of the Board of the National Bank in 2015. (b. 1954-)

2009-11 Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change Tina Birbili

2009-10 Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Katerina Batzeli

2009-10 Minister of Health and Social Solidarity Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou
2010-12 Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs
National Secretary of PASOK 2005-06 and former Member of the European Parliament. (b. 1963-)

2009-11 Deputy Minister of Interior, Decentralisation and e-Governance (Based in Thessaloniki) Theodora Tzakri
2015- Deputy Minister of Industry

2009-12 Deputy Minister of Education Evi Christofilopoulou
2013-15 Alternate Minister of Administrative Reform
PASOK MP

2009-10 Deputy Minister of Health and Social Solidarity Fofi Gennimata
2010-12 Alternate Minister of Education
2013-15 Alternate Minister of Defence
Her name is also transsribed as Fofi Yennimata. Prefect of Athens-Pirćus 2002-09, elected MP ion 2000 and became Leader of PASOK in 2015. (b. 1964-).

2009-10 Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Angeliki Gerekou

2010-11 Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Insurance Anna Dalara

2012 Interim Minister of Culture and Tourism Tatiana Karapanagioti

2012 and 2015 Interim Minister of Education and Religious Affairs Angeliki Efrosini Kiaou
2015 Interim Minister of Culture

2012-15 Minister of Tourism Olga Kefalogianni

2012-13 Deputy Minister of Health Fotini Skopouli

2013 Nominated Deputy Minister of Health Sofia Voultepsi
2014-15 Government Spokesperson
New Democracy MP

2013-14 Deputy Minister of Health Zetta Makri
New Democracy MP

2014-15 Deputy Minister of Health Katerina Papakosta
New Democracy MP

2015 Alternate Minister of Interior for Migration Tasia Christodoulopoulou
3. Vice-President of the Parliament from 2015.

2015 Alternate Minister of Finance Nantia Valavani

2015 Alternate Minister Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism for Tourism Eleni Kountoura
2015-16 Alternate Minister of Tourism
2016- Minister of Tourism
With the change in government in 2016, the first four women were appointed to full ministerial posts (Cabinet Members) in the lft wing SYRIZA-government

2015 Alternate Minister of Labour Rania Antonopoulou
2015- Alternate Minister for Combating Unemployment

2015 Alternate Minister of Labour Theano Fotiou
2015- Alternate Minister for Social Solidarity

2015 and 2015- Deputy Minister of Interior for Macedonia-Thrace Maria Kollia-Tsaroucha

2015 Deputy Foreign Minister Sia Anagnostopoulou
2015 Alternate Minister of European Affairs
2015-16 Alternate Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs

2015 and 2015-16 Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister and Government Spokesperson Olga Gerovasili
2016- Minister of Administrative Reform
SYRIZA Parliamentary Spokesperson in 2015.

2015 Interim Prime Minister Vasiliki Thanou
Vassiliki Thanou-Christophilou is the senior judge as President of the Court of Cassation in 2015. She was President of the Court of First Instance 1992-2015, President of the Appeals Court 2005-15, judge in the Court of Cassation from 2008, Vice President of the Court 201-15. (b. 1950-)

2015 Interim Alternate Minister of Culture Marina Lampraki-Plaka

2016 Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Marina Chrissovelonia

2016- Minister of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity Effie Achtsioglou

2016- Minister of Culture and Sports Lydia Koniordou

2016- Deputy Minister of Finance Katerina Papanatsiou



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