Baers (1883-1959) was the first catholic female senator in
She was the daughter of a middle-class wholesale merchant.
Her parents both died when she was still young, leaving her to raise her
younger sister and two younger brothers. After high school she went to
In 1908 she began working to improve the life of
Together with Victoire Cappe she founded in 1912 the General Secretariat
of the Belgian Christian Women's Trade Associations, which became in 1917 the
Christian Women's Social Work (CSVW/OSFC). She remained general secretary for
Other functions were vice-president of the General Christian Trade Union Federation (1921), member of the International Union of Catholic Women's Associations (1925), co-founder of the International Catholic Union for Social Work (general secretary in 1927, president in 1950), co-opted senator for the Catholic Party, later the Christian People's Party, 1936-1954, secretary of the senate 1944-1954.
Baers was a member of the International Labour Office
in 1932, a Belgian delegate in the Committee for Social Affairs of the