Shields, Margaret (1941–)

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Shields, Margaret (1941–)

New Zealand politician. Born Margaret Porter, Dec 18, 1941; m. Pat Shields; children: 2.

Elected Labour MP for Kapiti (1981); was one of two women in the Labour Cabinet (1984), and the 1st woman appointed a minister after only 3 years in the House; concerned with childcare and pay equity; lost seat (1990); became director of a UN agency working for the advancement of women, and chair of Wellington Regional Council.

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