Hedy d'Ancona

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Hedy d'Ancona
Hedy dAncona Aat Veldhoen.jpg
Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
In office
7 November 1989 – 22 August 1994
Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers
Preceded by Elco Brinkman
Succeeded by Els Borst
Member of the European Parliament
In office
24 July 1984 – 7 November 1989
Senator of the Netherlands
In office
31 August 1982 – 13 September 1983
State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment
In office
11 September 1981 – 29 May 1982
Prime Minister Dries van Agt
Preceded by Louw de Graaf
Succeeded by Piet van Zeil
Senator of the Netherlands
In office
17 September 1974 – 11 September 1981
Personal details
Born Hedwig d'Ancona
(1937-10-01) 1 October 1937 (age 79)
The Hague, Netherlands
Political party PvdA
Alma mater University of Amsterdam
Occupation Sociologist

Hedwig "Hedy" d'Ancona (Dutch pronunciation: [ɦɛdʋix ɦeːdi dɑŋkoːnaː]; born 1 October 1937) is a Dutch politician, geographer, and sociologist.

Early life[edit]

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

Government career[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 Kool-Smit.


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.


  • 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


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]


  1. ^ Drs. H. (Hedy) d' Ancona (in Dutch), Parlement & Politiek. Retrieved 7 November 2016.

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