Vesna Pusić (Zagreb, 25. ožujka 1953.), hrvatska političarka, publicistkinja i predsjednica HNS-a, aktualna ministrica vanjskih i europskih poslova i prva potpredsjednica Vlade Republike Hrvatske.
Krajem sedamdesetih godina 20. st. (1978.) jedna je od sedam žena koje su inicirale i organizirale prvu feminističku grupu u Jugoslaviji nakon 2. svjetskog rata, pod nazivom Žena i društvo. Zbog aktivnog djelovanja članica, grupa je bila predmet javne kritike tadašnje službene politike, ali i mnogih javnih osoba koje su zastupale antifeminističke pozicije.
Na parlamentarnim izborima 2000. godine ulazi u Sabor, a iste je godine u travnju izabrana za predsjednicu HNS-a. Na izborima 2003. godine ponovo ulazi u Sabor te je izabrana za njegovu potpredsjednicu, a godinu kasnije HNS-ovi delegati ponovo je biraju za predsjednicu stranke. Za vrijeme njezinog mandata HNS je postao treća stranka u Hrvatskom saboru i zemlji, povećao broj članova s 5000 na 35 000 te upeterostručio broj zastupnika u Saboru. Pod njezinim je vodstvom HNS uspješno proveo još jedan dotad jedinstven proces u hrvatskoj politici – 2005. u veljači ujedinjuju se HNS i LIBRA, te danas zajedno tvore Hrvatsku narodnu stranku – liberalne demokrate.
2006. godine postala je potpredsjednica Europske liberalne i reformističke stranke (ELDR-a). Ovu je dužnost obavljala do 2012. godine odnosno u 3 mandata. Na Predsjedničkim izborima održanim 27.12.2009. kao kandidatkinja HNS-a osvojila je 7,25%. 23. prosinca 2011. imenovana je za ministricu vanjskih i europskih poslova.
Vesna Pusić (born 25 March 1953) is a Croatian politician, Deputy Prime Minister and the leader of the liberal Croatian People's Party. Since December 2011 she has been serving as Croatia's Foreign Minister in the centre-left Cabinet of Zoran Milanović. She is known as an outspoken liberal, and a vocal advocate of European integration, gender equality, and LGBT rights.
After becoming involved in politics in the early 1990s, Pusić served three consecutive terms as MP, having been elected to the Croatian Parliament in the 2000, 2003, and 2007 elections. She also ran in the 2009–10 presidential election, coming in fifth with 7.25 percent of the vote. During her 2008–2011 parliament term she chaired the parliamentary committee for tracking the progress of Croatia's accession negotiations with the European Union. Pusić also held the post of Vice-President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR).
In 1978, Pusić was one of seven women who initiated the first feminist organization in SFR Yugoslavia Žena i društvo, and was widely criticized by the authorities at the time.
Vesna Pusić was one of the 28 founding members of the Croatian People's Party (Hrvatska narodna stranka, or HNS) in 1990, after participating in the Coalition of People's Accord. She left party politics in 1992, but rejoined the same party in 1997 and was later its President between 2000 and 2008. She first entered the Parliament on the Croatian parliamentary election, 2000.
In 1992 Pusić was the co-founder and director of the Erasmus Guild, a nongovernmental, nonpartisan think-tank for the culture of democracy, and the publisher and editor of the journal Erasmus, focusing specifically on different issues of transition in Croatia, countries of former Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe. Erasmus Guild ceased operations in 1998.
In 2005 and 2008, she was made the head of the National Committee for EU negotiations, the body that oversees accession negotiations and is composed of members of parliament as well as representatives of the President, the academic community, employers, and union representatives. In 2006 and 2008 she was elected vice-president of ELDR.
Vesna Pusić is very popular in the Croatian LGBT community. In 2011, Zagreb Pride attenders awarded her with the "gay friendly person of the decade". She has been regular attendant at Zagreb LGBT pride march.
In the Croatian presidential election, 2009–2010, Pusić was the HNS-LD candidate. She won 7.25% in the first round, placing fifth out of twelve candidates, and was thus eliminated from the second round.