Nicknamed ‘The Most Powerful Women in the World’, is Angela Merkel a role model for German women?

Angela Merkel may be Germany’s first chancellor, but her gender is not something she has ever featured, either in fashion or politics: the trouser-suit leader has avoided describing herself as a feminist for most of her life. public life. As she prepares to leave power, her efforts to improve the situation of women have been slow in coming.

Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel has been called “the most powerful woman in the world” and a role model for many in Germany.

Even for the young women of Prenzlauer Berg, a trendy Berlin neighborhood whose voters lean to the left and who grew up with Merkel at the head of the country, it broke the glass ceiling.

“She is a strong and responsible woman, who faced many challenges,” one told our correspondent Nick Spicer. “The mere fact that she became chancellor has shown us what we can do as women,” added another.

But now that Merkel is about to step down from power for the first time since 2005, has she championed the cause of women?

More German women are working, but there is still an 18% pay gap with men, overall. It was only in 2020 that he accepted the idea of ​​imposing a quota for the boards of directors of large companies.

A mixed record, according to the federation of women entrepreneurs.

Click on the player above to see the special report by correspondent Nick Spicer from Berlin.

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