Torild Skard is a Norwegian senior researcher in women's studies. A pioneer in the women's movement nationally and internationally, Skard was a member of Parliament and the first female president of the Norwegian Upper House. She has also been director of the Status of Women in Unesco in Paris; regional director of Unicef in West and Central Africa; and director general in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has written numerous books and articles on women's issues, particularly women in politics. She has a master's degree in education from the University of Oslo.