Margaret Joan Anstee

Margaret Joan Anstee served as the first woman Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and is a former Director-General at the United Nations Office in Vienna.

I have chosen to highlight the United Nations role in women’s issues because it is an area in which progress has been made, and I was privileged to play some part. The role of a female pioneer is not easy: your performance has to be much greater than that of your male counterparts, and you are painfully aware that it is not just your personal career that is at stake, but also the prospects of other women who would like to follow in your footsteps.