After 16 years in power, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has earned the title of feminist icon, despite the fact that the world’s most powerful woman has only just accepted the designation as she prepares to leave down, admitting that gender equality is still a long way off.
“Her primary legacy is that she is admired by women all around the world. That a woman has demonstrated what she is capable of and has done so with dignity and determination, “Reuters spoke with Alice Schwarzer, a German feminist campaigner.
Merkel, a rare woman in the upper echelons of her conservative, male-dominated Christian Democrats (CDU), has long resisted labeling herself a feminist and has only reluctantly embraced feminist initiatives like boardroom quotas.
“She hasn’t spent the last 16 years doing anything particularly feminist. To be fair, she had a lot on her plate at the time “Merkel had backed initiatives that aided women, such as expanding state-funded daycare, according to Schwarzer.
“Her existence is a feminist message in and of itself.”