Lucienne Herman-Michielsens

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Lucienne Herman-Michielsens
Belgian Senate
In office
11 May 1977 (1977-05-11) – 24 November 1991 (1991-11-24)
Ghent municipal council
In office
State Secretary
In office
18 May 1980 (1980-05-18) – 7 October 1980 (1980-10-07)
ConstituencyFlemish community
Personal details
Lucienne Adeline Jeanne Ida Michielsens

(1926-03-13)13 March 1926
Ghent, Belgium
Died22 January 1995(1995-01-22) (aged 68)
Ghent, Belgium
Political partyParty for Freedom and Progress
Other political
Flemish Liberal Alliance
SpouseJacques Herman
Alma materUniversity of Ghent
CommitteesStatus Committee of Women, General Assembly, United Nations (1973–1974)
AffiliationsNational Federation of Women PVV (President, 1970–1978)
Federation of Flemish PVV Women (1978–1980)
FoundedFederation of Flemish PVV Women
AwardsWoman of the Year, 1989
Geuzenprijs en de tweejaarlijkse Prijs Vrijzinnig Humanisme, 1991

Lucienne Adeline Jeanne Ida Herman-Michielsens (13 March 1926 – 22 January 1995) was a Belgian liberal politician and a member of the Party for Freedom and Progress (PVV). She was married to Jacques Herman, a physician.


Herman-Michielsens was the only child of Gaston Michielsens and Adeline Mielecam.[1] Her father died when she was four years old.[2] Herman-Michielsens started her career as a teacher, like her mother. Later, she obtained a doctorate in law at the University of Ghent and became a civil servant. She married Jacques Herman in 1951.[1]

Political career[edit]

From 1965 to 1970, she was the president of the legal committee of the PVV Women (PVV-Vrouwen); in 1968, she became the director of the PVV Women of Ghent. She was president of the National Federation of Women PVV from 1970 until 1978, when that organization split due to language issues; she subsequently founded the Federation of Flemish PVV Women, becoming its first president. She remained a member of the Federation's Executive Board until her death.[1] From 1977 until 1991, she was a member of the Ghent municipal council and senator for the PVV in the Belgian Senate. For a short period in 1980, Herman-Michielsens was State Secretary for the Flemish community.

On 3 April 1990, the Belgian parliament approved a bill, which Herman-Michielsens had submitted together with Roger Lallemand, to legalize abortion under certain conditions.[nb 1]

In addition to supporting gender equality and abortion rights for women, Herman-Michielsens fought for the legal guarantees of religious pluralism. After proposals on pluralism failed in June 1970—recognizing Islam, but not liberalism—a law was passed on 23 January 1981 providing limited support.[2]

Herman-Michielsens resigned in 1991, at the peak of her political career, after diabetes began to cause blindness and renal failure. She and her husband retired and moved to Knokke-Heist. Herman-Michielsens died in Ghent on 22 January 1995.[1]


  1. ^ The new law modified Articles 348, 350, 351, and 352 of the Belgian penal code (Title VII, Chapter I), and raised Article 353.[clarification needed]


  1. ^ a b c d D'Hondt, Bart. "Lucienne HERMAN-MICHIELSENS". Bibliotheek (in Dutch). LiberaalArchief. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Lucienne Herman-Michielsens, senator en voorvechter reproductieve rechten" [Lucienne Herman-Michielsens, senator and reproductive rights advocate]. RoSa (in Dutch). RoSa. Archived from the original on 10 April 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011.