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Party women: Jenny Shipley (2nd of 2)

Party women: Jenny Shipley

In late 1997 Transport Minister Jenny Shipley toppled party leader Jim Bolger in a coup and became New Zealand's first woman prime minister. Shipley herself was ousted as party leader in 2001 following National's defeat in the 1999 election.

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Colin James, 'National Party - Party composition and organisation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Colin James, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2020