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19 Mar. 1911
First International Women's Day
The International Women's Day was honoured for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.
25 Mar . 1957
Provisions to promote equal pay for equal work or work of equal value in the Treaty of Rome
Helga Pederson becomes the first female judge on the European Court of Human Rights.
10 Feb. 1975
First directive related to gender equality (equal pay directive)
17 July 1979
Simone Veil becomes the first woman elected President of the European Parliament.
1 July 1981
Margaret Thatcher is the first female President-in-Office of the European Council.
6 Jan. 1989
Christiane Scrivener and Vasso Papandreou are the first female EU Commissioners.
Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA)
21 Feb. 1996
Commission's communication on gender mainstreaming
1 May 1999
The Treaty of Amsterdam came into force
It establishes a binding legal basis for the strategy Gender Mainstreaming at EU level.
5 Oct. 1999
Fidelma Macken is the first female judge of the European Court of Justice.
7 June 2000
Framework Strategy for equality between women and men
20 Dec. 2000
5th Action Programme on Gender Equality (2001 - 2005)
10 Nov. 2005
Catherine Day is the first female secretary general of the European Commission.
1 Mar. 2006
Roadmap for equality between women and men 2006 - 2010
1 Dec. 2009
Entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon
The Treaty of Lisbon contains important institutional innovations that impact on EU Justice relations with third countries.