Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo

Portuguese politician (1930–2004)

Maria de Lourdes Ruivo da Silva de Matos Pintasilgo, GCC GCIH GCL (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐˈɾiɐ dɨ ˈluɾdɨʃ pĩtɐˈsiɫɡu]); (Abrantes, São João Baptista, 18 January 1930 – Lisbon, 10 July 2004) was a Portuguese chemical engineer and politician. She was the first and to date only woman to serve as Prime Minister of Portugal, and the second woman to serve as Prime Minister in Western Europe, after Margaret Thatcher.

Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo

108th Prime Minister of Portugal
In office
1 August 1979 – 3 January 1980
PresidentAntónio Ramalho Eanes
Preceded byCarlos Mota Pinto
Succeeded byFrancisco de Sá Carneiro
Minister of Social Affairs
In office
17 July 1974 – 26 March 1975
Prime MinisterVasco Gonçalves
Preceded byMário Murteira
Succeeded byJorge Sá Borges
Personal details
Born(1930-01-18)18 January 1930
Abrantes, Portugal
Died10 July 2004(2004-07-10) (aged 74)
Lisbon, Portugal
Cause of deathCardiac arrest
Political partySocialist Party
Alma materUniversity of Lisbon

Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo died of cardiac arrest at her home in Lisbon on 10 July 2004, aged 74.[1]


  1. "Portugal mourns much-loved female leader", EuroNews, 10 July 2004