Who is she?
Angela Merkel has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005 – the first woman to do so. She’s arguably the world’s most powerful woman, and was today announced as Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2015.
Angela trained as a research chemist before moving into politics, and served in Helmut Kohl’s government before being appointed Chancellor in 2005. In 2007 she became President of the European Council.
She was named Time’s Person of the Year for her leadership through the European debt crisis and, more recently, her incredible move to throw open Germany’s borders to 1 million European asylum seekers.
While she hasn’t identified herself as a feminist publicly, Angela has recently pushed measures in Germany to improve women’s access to child care and set targets for more women at board levels.
At this year’s G7 summit in Germany, she also lobbied to improve gender inequality in workplaces around the world, including vocational training and education for girls and women in developing nations.
Why should we thank her?
Like Julia Gillard, Angela Merkel is a role model for all women and young girls who aspire to leadership roles and perhaps a career in politics. Feminism aside, we should ALL thank her for her incredible leadership during the refugee crisis – her and Germany’s humanity is a lesson for all world leaders. It will surely be her legacy – and what an amazing one.
“When it comes to human dignity, we cannot make compromises.”