Josephine Johanna Meier was born in Dagmersellen in the canton of Lucerne. Your parents moved for professional reasons to Lucerne. She grew up in very modest circumstances. In Lucerne, she attended high school and then studied law in Geneva. In 1952 she admitted to the bar and opened his own law firm and notary office in Lucerne. She sat a youth protection, was a member of the school board and the Swiss Army Zugführerin in a Red Cross detachment.
Soon she campaigned for equal rights and women's suffrage and was founded in 1971 as one of the eleven first women elected after the adoption of women's suffrage in the National Council, where she was employed until 1983. From 1983 to 1995 she politicized the Council of States. 1991/92 she was the first female president.
During her time in the National Council she was Chair of the Commission for Foreign Affairs and member of the Delegation to the Euro Europe. In addition, she was active primarily in the social and family policy. During the Fichenaffäre she was with Carlo Schmid Head of the parliamentary commission of inquiry. 1991 conferred the University of Fribourg and 1994 the theological faculty of the University of Lucerne honorary doctorate. In 1995, she ended her career as a parliamentarian. But you turned on for important tasks available as the Bureau of the Committee of Experts on euthanasia, the Bureau of Swiss Image and employees in the Swiss Fund for Holocaust / Shoa. In 2006, she was able to celebrate her 80th birthday surrounded by her friends and acquaintances.
Unlike most other national boards and stands Josi Meier has never adopted a Board member during her political career. " Other afford a yacht or a horse, I'm doing my own opinion, which is about the same price " was one of their sayings.
- " Only now I understand those men who told me early in my career, the woman belongs in the house. They were right. The women belong in the parish hall, the town hall and the parliament building. " Woman Session 1991