jenny shipley

Personal details

Full Name:

  • Jennifer Mary Shipley

Lifetime:

  • 4 Feb 1952

Prime Minister:

8 Dec 1997–5 Dec 1999

Age on becoming PM:

45

Electorate:

Rakaia

Political Party:

National

Biography

‘This ain’t a damn beauty contest. If you come into politics to be popular, then you’ve picked the wrong sport’, Jenny Shipley declared. New Zealand’s first woman PM came to power in 1997 after staging a carefully planned coup against Jim Bolger.

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  • Main image: Jenny Shipley

    Standing portrait of Jennifer (Jenny) Shipley, 27 March 1993.