200 YEARS GREEKS AND INNOVATION
1953

1953 On January 18, 1953, Eleni Skouras is elected as the first female member of the Greek Parliament

Eleni Skoura (1896-1991), a lawyer from Volos, was active during the Greek-Italian war and the Occupation as President of volunteer organizations. In the summer of 1942, she was arrested and jailed by the Germans.  She assumed an active role in politics after the enactment of the women's right to vote in 1951. Alexandros Papagos nominated her as a candidate of his party for the Prefecture of Thessaloniki at the 1953 general elections. She was elected and remained a member of Parliament until 1956.  She had a successful contribution to social and women's issues.  The state honored her with the Military Medal for Extraordinary Accomplishments and the Order of Beneficence.