Cherie Blair

Born:September 23, 1954 (age 67)
Career:Chancellor of the Asian University for Women, 2011- present
Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, 1999-2006
Spouse of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1997-2007
Party:Labour Party
Education:London School of Economics

Cherie Blair is a barrister and is married to former British prime minister Tony Blair.

Blair was born in Bury, England, on September 23, 1954, but moved when very young to Liverpool, where she grew up. Blair has been a member of the Labour Party since she was 16. The first member of her family to attend college, Blair studied law at the London School of Economics. Called to the Bar in 1976, she became a Queens Counsel in 1995 and is a founder member of Matrix Chambers. She sits as a recorder (or part-time judge), and is also an accredited mediator.

She was the chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University from 1999–2006 and was awarded the honorary title of emerita chancellor in 2006. She is governor emeritus and honorary fellow of the London School of Economics and the Open University. In 2011, Blair was appointed the chancellor of the Asian University for Women.

As well as fighting for human rights in her professional career, Blair is an active campaigner on equality and human rights issues. She has spoken across the world on both issues and also on the need for improved work/life balance for both women and men.

In 2008, Blair set up her charity, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. She believes that by empowering and supporting women around the world, they can play an increasingly important role in their economies and societies. The foundation works with women in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East, helping them generate their own income and developing projects, which encourage them to become successful and self-sustaining entrepreneurs.

Blair is also closely involved with over 20 charities with a special emphasis on those working with women. She is honorary vice president of Barnados, president of the Loomba Foundation, patron of Scope and a number of charities, including Breast Cancer Care.

Blair has also published an autobiography, "Speaking for Myself" (2008).