Kirsten Hansteen

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Kirsten Hansteen
Minister of Social Affairs
In office
Personal details
Born 5 January 1903
Died 17 November 1974
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Communist Party of Norway
Spouse(s) Viggo Hansteen

Kirsten Hansteen (5 January 1903 – 17 November 1974) was the Norwegian appointed Minister of Social Affairs in 1945, and the first ever female member of cabinet in Norway. She represented the Communist Party of Norway. Her husband Viggo Hansteen was executed by the German occupation forces in 1941. She edited the underground resistance paper Kvinnefronten (Women's front) during the German occupation. After the war she founded the journal Kvinnen og Tiden together with Henriette Bie Lorentzen.[1]


  1. ^ Commire, Anne, ed. (2002). "Hansteen, Kirsten (1903–1974)". Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Waterford, Connecticut: Yorkin Publications. ISBN 0-7876-4074-3. (subscription required (help)).