Master of Arts, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Sorbonne, Paris, 1996.
Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Johns Hopkins University, 1998. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, 1998.
Member Christian Democratic Union, since 1981, federal chairwoman Women's Union, since 1986. Member German Parliament, since 1987, minister for youth, family affairs, women and health, 1985-1988, president, 1988-1998. Vice president Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Berlin, since 2000.
Member Shimon Peres Center for Peace. Chairwoman Cooperative American Relief Everywhere Germany. Member international board governors Israel.
Chairman German Children and Youth Foundation, since 1994, Federal Association of German-Polish Society, since 1996. Head Indiana Governmental Commission on Immigration, since 2000. President European Movement, Germany, 1994-1999.
Member IPU (head German delegate Parliamentary Assembly).
Married Hans Suessmuth.