When the junta took over Greece in 1967 she began an active and international struggle against it. In retaliation the junta revoked her Greek citizenship.
Upon the return to democracy in 1974 she entered political life with PASOK. From 1981 to 89 and again from 1993 to 1993 she was Minister of Culture. She was noted for her efforts to obtain the return of the Elgin Marbles.
Once said "To be born Greek is to be magnificently cursed." (Updated 23 May 14)
Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2009 (first women to hold position). She was a finalist to lead the party in 2009 but lost. She was seen as wanting to widen the party in contrast to the more conservative approach of the eventual winner, Antonis Samaras.
Was listed on Forbes Magazines list of 100 most powerful women in the world.
In May of 2010 she was expelled from the party for voting against party directives. A cheap move, in my view since she was voting the national interest rather than narrow partisanship. For a time was head of her own party, Democratic Alliane. In 2012 she was reunited to ND.
First elected to parliament in 1989. Won praise for her conduct as mayor of Athens (2003-06) before and during the 2004 Olympics, winning the title of World Mayor of the Year in 2005. Was first woman to hold that position. Former shadow secretary for Foreign Affairs and Defense.
Daughter of former conservative prime minister Constantine Mitsotakis. Born 1954. Her first husband was murdered by the November 17th terrorist group in 1989. It is claimed she is over 6'0" tall. She still might become the first woman Prime Minister some day. (Updated 25 Feb 14)Her web site (Up 6 Nov. 13; posted1/8/02)
I really thought she was on track to become the first woman prime minister of Greece, but that doesn't seem likely now. Her web site (Up 12/15/09; posted 1/8/02) (in Greek).
Elisavet Papazoe, Alternative Minister of Foreign Affairs (from 2000). Former Minister for Culture (1999-2000), Minister of the Aegean (1997-99), Deputy Minister of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works (1993-96). A civil engineer born in 1944 she has been ambassador to Cuba, first elected MP in 1989, and a member of the PASOK's central committee since 1994.