Madam Prime Minister: A Life in Power and Politics

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Macmillan, Jun 15, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 504 pages
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One of the world's leading woman politicians tells her inspiring story

At forty-one, Gro Harlem Brundtland, physician and mother of four, was appointed prime minister of Norway-the youngest person and the first woman ever to hold that office. In this refreshingly forthright memoir, Brundtland traces her unusual and meteoric career. She grew up with strong role models-her parents were active in the Norwegian resistance and involved in postwar politics. She became known as a pro-choice crusader in the seventies and entered politics as the minister of the environment. She appointed eight women to her second eighteen-member cabinet, to this day a world record, and was the leading figure in the process that led to the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. As director-general of the World Health Organization since 1997, Brundtland is the first woman elected to run a major UN institution. Along the way, she met a host of international politicians, including Margaret Thatcher-who did not share Brundtland's view on feminism-Mikhail Gorbachev, Nelson Mandela, Ronald Reagan, and Hillary Clinton.

Brundtland writes candidly and with humor about raising children in the political limelight and about dealing with political opposition and stereotypes about women. Hers is a fascinating story of one person's ability to make a difference-globally.

 

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Contents

Love War Childhood
3
Mother DoctorResearcher
37
The New Minister of the Environment
67
The Womens Year
78
Challenges Offshore and Inland
92
Sidelined
111
Celebrated and Under Attack
130
Nuclear Arms and Security The Big Test
160
Losing and Winning the Government
275
Safety Net The European Economic Area
293
The Long Struggle Toward EU Membership
310
Cities and Summits Leaders an Heroes
336
Jørgen
382
Stepping Down
410
My Way to the WHO
429
Health and Globalization
458

At Home in Opposition
176
The Brundtland Commission
191
Government of Women 198689
232

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Gro Harlem Brundtland, born in Oslo in 1939, served three terms as Prime Minister of Norway between 1981 and 1996. She founded and led the influential U.N. Commission on the Environment and Development, and is currently the Director General of the World Health Organization. She lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

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