Irene Economopoulos

Irene Economopoulos was born in Argostoli, Kefalonia in 1908. She one of the first women to study law at the University of Athens from where she graduated with honours in 1929. She started practicing law in 1932. Between 1934 until 1946 she ceased practicing in order to have a family, she had two daughters Alexandra and Chariklia.

In spite of her career as a lawyer which she continued after the end of the second World War, she had many other interests. Irene was involved in many N.G.O.’s and she participated in many social projects. During the Second World War she worked as a volunteer nurse of the Red Cross in a Military Hospital. She also worked in Organizations helping the citizens in need and was member of the resistance organization “Apollon”  with heroism, and strict secrecy.

After the war, she worked for multiple voluntary organizations with immense kindness and unique passion. President of the Committee of Working women, Member of the National Council of Greek Women, member and Vice-President of the Union of Women Scientists, President of the Greek Girl Guides Association, Chairman of the Constitutions Sub-Committee of the World Committee of Girl Guides.

She was a member of the Committee of the Secretary of Social Wellfare and the International Federation of Women Lawyers.

She also worked in the Committee for the amendment of the articles of the Greek Civil Code concerning adoption.

Furthermore, in 1961 she was member of the Greek Delegation to the United Nations where the speech she pronounced was widely appreciated. She prolonged her stay, after invitation of the United States Government, and toured the country making speeches about Greece and the status of women.  The late King Paul honored her for her many services to Greek welfare organizations and awarded the title of Commander of the Royal Order of “Bien-faisance”.