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Lucienne Herman Michielsens

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Constituency  Flemish community
Role  Politician
Nationality  Belgian
Spouse  Jacques Herman (m. 1951)
Alma mater  University of Ghent
Education  Ghent University
Occupation  Politician

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Full Name  Lucienne Adeline Jeanne Ida Michielsens
Born  13 March 1926 Ghent, Belgium (1926-03-13)
Political party  Party for Freedom and Progress
Other political affiliations  Flemish Liberal Alliance
Name  Lucienne Herman-Michielsens
Died  January 22, 1995, Ghent, Belgium
Party  Party for Freedom and Progress

Lucienne Adeline Jeanne Ida Herman-Michielsens (13 March 1926 – 22 January 1995) was a Belgian liberal politician and a member of the Party for Freedom and Progress (PVV). She was married to Jacques Herman, a physician.



Herman-Michielsens was the only child of Gaston Michielsens and Adeline Mielecam. Her father died when she was four years old. Herman-Michielsens started her career as a teacher, like her mother. Later, she obtained a doctorate in law at the University of Ghent and became a civil servant. She married Jacques Herman in 1951.

Political career

From 1965 to 1970, she was the president of the legal committee of the PVV Women (PVV-Vrouwen); in 1968, she became the director of the PVV Women of Ghent. She was president of the National Federation of Women PVV from 1970 until 1978, when that organization split due to language issues; she subsequently founded the Federation of Flemish PVV Women, becoming its first president. She remained a member of the Federation's Executive Board until her death. From 1977 until 1991 she was a member of the Ghent municipal council and senator for the PVV in the Belgian Senate. For a short period in 1980, Herman-Michielsens was State Secretary for the Flemish community.

On 3 April 1990, the Belgian parliament approved a bill, which Herman-Michielsens had submitted together with Roger Lallemand, to legalize abortion under certain conditions.

In addition to supporting gender equality and abortion rights for women, Herman-Michielsens fought for the legal guarantees of religious pluralism. After proposals on pluralism failed in June 1970—recognizing Islam, but not liberalism—a law was passed on 23 January 1981 providing limited support.

Herman-Michielsens resigned in 1991, at the peak of her political career, after diabetes began to cause blindness and renal failure. She and her husband retired and moved to Knokke-Heist. Herman-Michielsens died in Ghent on 22 January 1995.


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