Lina Tsaldari

Lina Tsaldari (Greek: Λίνα Τσαλδάρη; 1887 – 17 October 1981) was a right-wing Greek politician. She became the first female minister in Greece in 1956, serving as the Minister for Social Welfare under Konstantinos Karamanlis' government.

Lina Tsaldari
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Born1887 (1887)
Died17 October 1981(1981-10-17) (aged 93–94)
Known forfirst female minister in Greece
Panagis Tsaldaris
(m. 1919; died in 1936)

Early lifeEdit

Tsaldari was born Lina Lambrou (Greek: Λίνα Λάμπρου) in 1887 to Spyridon Lambros (b. 1851 - d. 1919), who succeeded Nikolaos Kalogeropoulos as Prime Minister of Greece, serving from October 1916 to February 1917. Her father was of Aromanian descent.[1]

Political careerEdit

Tsaldari became the first woman to serve in the Government of Greece, serving as the Minister of Social Welfare.[2] She was also an active suffragist. After serving in Parliament, she became Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations.

Personal lifeEdit

Tsaldari married Panagis Tsaldaris (b. 1868 – d. 1936) in 1919, the same year that her father died in Skopelos. Like her father, Tsaldaris served as Prime Minister of Greece.


Tsaldari died of a stroke on 17 October 1981. She was 94 years old.[3]


  1. ^ Jovanovski, Dalibor; Minov, Nikola (2017). "Ioannis Kolettis. The Vlach from the ruling elite of Greece". Balcanica Posnaniensia. Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. 24 (1): 222–223. ISSN 2450-3177. Retrieved 8 May 2017.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ Mazower, Mark (2000). After the War was Over: Reconstructing the Family, Nation, and State in Greece, 1943-1960. Princeton University Press. p. 119. ISBN 9780691058429.
  3. ^ "Lina Tsaldaris". The New York Times. 18 October 1981. Retrieved 21 July 2019.