Veld, Elske ter

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Veld, Elske ter Gender: F
born on 1 August 1944 at 04:30 (= 04:30 AM )
Place Groningen, Netherlands, 53n13, 6e34
Timezone MEDT h2e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Schepel
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 08°42' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 23°01 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 23°26'

Elske ter Veld (1982)
photo: Antonisse, Marcel / Anefo, license cc-by-sa-3.0


Dutch politician . She was from 1989 to 1993 for the Labor Party (PvdA), State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment in the Lubbers III and for many years a member of both the First and the Second Chamber.

Ter Veld visited the elementary school, the gymnasium and the Rijks HBS in Groningen. After that she followed the training as a social worker at the Groningen social academy, the ASCA. After her graduation she worked from 1968 as a working worker working youth in Assen. Later she worked at several club and community centers in Groningen. In 1972 she moved to the trade union. At the NVV (from 1976 FNV ) she succeeded Nel Tegelaar as head of the secretariat for female employees. She would stay that until 1981. Just like Tegelaar, she focused on influencing policy, both within the trade unions and in the Hague circuit. For example, Ter Veld was a member of the Labor Foundation and she was a member of the Emancipation Committee.

Ter Veld was internationally active as chair of the Women's Committee of the IVVV and the Women's Labor Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).

She was committed to equal pay, equal opportunities for women, equal rights to pensions. In 1981, Ter Veld became a member of the House of Representatives for the PvdA on 15 September . In the House of Representatives she focused mainly on issues related to social security. She worked closely with PvdA member Thijs Wöltgens . The two were called Thijske, a contraction of Thijs and Elske.

On 7 November 1989 she was appointed Secretary of State for Social Affairs and Employment in the third Lubbers cabinet. During her reign, a law was reached in 1990 on the equal treatment of men and women in the field of supra-statutory social security. The bill was submitted in 1988 by State Secretary De Graaf. In the same year, the Parental Leave Act, which guarantees employees a minimum leave arrangement for the care of young children. The bill was submitted in 1988 by Minister De Koning . Furthermore, Ter Veld was closely involved in the major adjustment of the WAO , on which the government appeared to fall a number of times and about which PvdA leader Kokalmost stumbled. It did not come that far. However, Ter Veld's actions led to great dissatisfaction in the PvdA faction. In particular, her proposals for a new Dependents Act and curtailing the right to social assistance led to strong criticism in her own ranks. The criticism became so severe that she no longer had the confidence of her group. She returned on June 4, 1993. Shortly after the subsequent press conference - but still in sight of the press - she burst into tears. The photo taken by Bert Verhoeff , supported by party companion Jeltje van Nieuwenhoven, wrote parliamentary history. Afterwards she quoted a pop song about that tragic moment:It's my party, and I cry if I want to from Lesley Gore .

On 13 June 1995 she became a member of the Dutch Senate for the PvdA , until she retired on 10 June 2003.

Ter Veld was a member of the Committee of Recommendation of the Dutch Social Forum and was chairman of the Association Collaboration of Chronic Respiratory Support.

Ter Veld died after a sickbed in 2017 at the age of 72.

Link to Dutch wikipedia



  • Work : Gain social status 15 September 1981 in Den Haag (elected as MP)
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  • Work : Gain social status 7 November 1989 in Den Haag (Secretary of State for Social Affairs and Employment)
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  • Work : New Career 13 June 1995 in Den Haag (Member of Dutch senate)
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Source Notes

Schepel quotes municipal archive in Sterrentijd 5 of 1 May 1990.


  • Vocation : Healing Fields : Social worker
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ feminist
  • Vocation : Politics : Government employee
  • Vocation : Politics : Labor unions