Madame Binh in mural by Susan Greene
Madame Binh talking about Vietnam (1 MB mp3)
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Madame Binh

Nguyen Thi Binh is the Vice-President of the Socialist republic of Vietnam. She is recognized as a leading woman in Asia and played an important role in the liberation of her country during the Vietnam War.

Born in 1927, Madame Nguyen Thi Binh worked as a teacher after completing secondary education. From 1945 to 1951, she took part in various womens activities and the movement of students and intellectuals against the French colonialists and American forces. She was arrested and jailed between 1951 and 1953 by the French. After serving her jail term, Madame Nguyen Thi Binh participated in the peace movement for the implementation of the Geneva Agreement.

During the war against the US intervention, she became a member of the Central Committee for the National Front for the Liberation of the South and Vice-Chairperson of the Women liberation Association of the South of Vietnam. In 1969 she served as Foreign Minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam.

Madame Nguyen Thi Binh is regarded as a symbol of the women’ s role in the “Resistance War”. After the communist victory in April 1975, she was appointed Minister of Education in united Vietnam. She was elected Vice-President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1992 and then re-elected in 1997 and has served as Vietnamese Vice-President again since then.

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