Maria Rauch-Kallat (31 January 1949) is a management consultant and an Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) politician who served as Minister of Health and Women from 2003 to 2007 in the Austrian government.
Rauch-Kallat was implicated in an alleged breach of trust scandal involving her husband Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly. While she was Minister of Health she initiated the acquisition of flu masks from which her husband Mensdorff-Pouilly profited.
Rauch-Kallat was part of a group of women of the parties SPÖ (Social Democrats), ÖVP (People's Party) and Grüne (Green Party), which petitioned the National Council to make Austria's national anthem 'gender neutral' by replacing 'home to great sons' with 'home to great daughters and sons'. The anthem was changed on 1 January 2012.
Rauch-Kallat is a supporter of same-sex marriages.
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