Maria Liberia Peters: Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 1984-1986, 1988-1994
Maria Liberia Peters was born on May 20, 1941 in Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands-Antilles. She attended school and earned her degree in teaching in the Netherlands. She later married Niels Liberia, a civil servant. Together they adopted two children. Maria Liberia Peters fell into politics almost accidently while working on children's issues in addition to her main profession of teaching. Her road to politics began in the 1970’s, when she started groups for parents and became a member of the National People’s Party. In 1975, after being encouraged by others to run for office, she earned a seat on the Curaçao Island Council where she stayed as a member for the next five years. In 1982 she was appointed to the legislature of the Netherlands-Antilles and quickly became the Minister of Economic Affairs. After the coalition government she worked under collapsed in June of 1984, she agreed to form a new coalition and was elected Prime Minister, a position she held from 1984-1986 and later from 1988-1994.