Party affiliation: Socialist Party of Austria
Member, Wiener Kinderfreunde (Vienna Children's Friends). Member, Vienna 14th Municipal District Council, 1969-1979. Member, Vienna Provincial Government and Municipal Council, 1973-1979.
Vienna Sozialistische Partei Österreichs (Socialist Party of Austria) Executive Official dealing with Women's Affairs, 1972-1979. State Secretary, Federal Chancellery, 1979-1990. Federal Minister for Women's Affairs, Federal Chancellery, since 1990.
Set up a visitors’ service for lonely elderly people. Co-founder of Vienna Frauhaus (Women’s House), help and refuge centre for maltreated women. Apprentice clerk in industrial firm before entering politics.