Katalin Éva Novák (born 6 September 1977) is a politician who is youngest and first woman elected as president in Hungary. She will be joining this list of women presidents around the world.
Novák studied economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest and law at the University of Szeged.
President-elect started work at the Foreign Ministry in 2001, specializing in European Union and European matters. In 2010 she became a ministerial advisor and in 2012 was appointed Head of Cabinet of the Ministry of Human Resources.
In 2014 she became State Secretary for Family and Youth Affairs at the Ministry of Human Capacities, eventually becoming Minister of Family Affairs in October 2020 a position held until December 2021.
She served as Vice President of Fidesz between 2017 and 2021.
Before the parliamentary vote, in a speech, Novák said, “we women rear children, care for the ill, cook, are in two places at the same time if needs be, earn money, teach, win Nobel prizes, clean windows. We know the power of words but can keep quiet and listen if we have to, and defend our families with a courage beyond that of men’s if danger threatens. It is because I am a woman, and not despite of it, that I want to be a good president of Hungary.”
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