Rita Süssmuth

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Rita Süssmuth
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President of the Bundestag
In office
25 November 1988 – 26 October 1998
Preceded by Philipp Jenninger
Succeeded by Wolfgang Thierse
Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
In office
26 September 1985 – 25 November 1988
Chancellor Helmut Kohl
Preceded by Heiner Geißler
Succeeded by Ursula Lehr
Personal details
Born (1937-02-17) 17 February 1937 (age 77)
Wuppertal, Germany
Political party CDU
Alma mater University of Münster

Rita Süssmuth (born 17 February 1937) is a German politician and a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

From 1985 to 1988, Süssmuth was Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth under Chancellor Helmut Kohl. She was a member of the German Bundestag from 1987 to 2002. After the resignation of Philipp Jenninger in 1988 she became President of the Bundestag. She held the post until 1998, when the SPD became the strongest group in parliament.

From 1986 to 2001, Süssmuth was president of the Frauenunion (the organization of the female members of the CDU) and therefore had a strong influence in her party.

Süssmuth graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Münster in 1964. From 1966 until 1982, she was a faculty member in education at University of Dortmund, Ruhr University, and their predecessor institutions. Since 2005, she has been president of the OTA Hochschule, a private university in Berlin. In 2006 she was awarded the Magnus Hirschfeld Medal for Sexual Reform for her courageous and far-sighted HIV/AIDS politics whilst federal minister. In addition, she currently sits on the Advisory Board for the German Foundation for World Population. She is also Member of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation established in 2008 to monitor tolerance in Europe and prepare recommendations to European governments and IGOs on fighting xenophobia and anti-semitism.

Selected works[edit]

  • Bildung als globale Herausforderung. Zwei Statements – ein Gespräch with Hermann Glaser, in: Robertson-von Trotha, Caroline Y. (ed.): Kultur und Gerechtigkeit (= Kulturwissenschaft interdisziplinär/Interdisciplinary Studies on Culture and Society, Vol. 2), Baden-Baden 2007, ISBN 978-3-8329-2604-5

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Political offices
Preceded by
Heiner Geißler
Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
1985–1988
Succeeded by
Ursula Lehr