From the day when women had to fight for their rights to vote till now, things have changed to a great extent. Women are becoming more and more fearless. Not only in business, offices, making home and life, science and technology, art and culture, but also women are making their countries, their world a better place by being fierce leaders. This series is about getting to know about them, knowing facts about them.

One of the most powerful women in the world, Angela Merkel has been serving as the Chancellor of Germany which has the 4th largest economy in the world, since 2005 and is a familiar name and face for many across the world. One of the most powerful women in the world, she is also a senior G7 (Group of 7) leader and one of the longest-serving incumbent heads of government in the European Union. In 2018, she was ranked number 4 in Power Women by Forbes. Currently she holds the first position in Power Women list of Forbes.

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel studied physics at the University of Leipzig, earning a doctorate in 1978, and later worked as a chemist at the Central Institute for Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences from 1978 to 1990. She has doctorate in quantum chemistry.

After the fall of Berlin Wall, the scientist started her political journey by joining Christian Democratic Union and appointed to cabinet as a minister of women and youth. Merkel also became the first former citizen of the German Democratic Republic to lead the reunited Germany and the first woman to lead Germany since it became a modern nation-state in 1871. In her long political career, she has been the chancellor of Germany since 2005. Currently she is running on her 4th term as chancellor.

Merkel, Germany’s first female chancellor, highlighted the fact that only 30.9% of politicians in the current Bundestag (German federal parliament) were female, down from 36.5% in the previous one.

“The goal needs to be equality, equality everywhere,” she said. She looks forward to the matter of course for men and women to share work, child-rising and housework equally and no one will be forced into a role or a specific task because of gender, and not to wait 100 years for the world to see that change. Beside listing progress in childcare and maternity leaves, scientist Merkel encourages women in the field of technology.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is the 1st recipient of the international Gender Equality Price given by Finland, among her many accolades.

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