Gender parity in Germany: How much did Merkel pave the way?

Posted on AllSides January 7th, 2022
From The Center
Women's issues, Gender equality, Germany, Angela Merkel
Michael Sohn/AP

Labels, both good and bad, often mean little. That’s why Angela Merkel’s refusal to call herself a feminist hasn’t gotten in the way of women rising to power in today’s Germany.

Angela Merkel, the former German chancellor, refused to call herself a feminist. But after stepping down last year following 16 years in power, it’s now clear her strongest legacy might be the path she’s paved for other women.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has appointed eight women to his Cabinet, including the key positions of foreign affairs, security, and defense in...

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