Professor Ida Blom was a founding member of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History and served as its first president of the Federation, 1989-1995. She was Professor of History at the University of Bergen, 1985-2001 and is currently a professor emeritus there. Professor Blom has published extensively on the history of gender, citizenship, women’s suffrage and women’s health. She is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and has also been elected an honorary member of the American Historical Society.