Angela Merkel is the hallmark of female leadership however she has not really filled the role of saviour that German women had hoped she would. Therefore she remains nothing more than a mere symbol to her counterparts.
Chancellor Angela Merkel ascended to the realm of politics in 2005; a time when Osnabruck city was just a year shy of celebrating a decade of existence. She has been holding the reins of power for so long that 21-year-old resident; Kristin Auf der Masch, cannot recall the last time a man was in charge of steering Germany’s government.
Kristin, now coming into her own after years of learning under the wings of a wind energy company in Osnabruck, cannot fathom an alternate possibility where a male chancellor was in place. However, she cannot also stomach the idea of playing second fiddle to a woman at the workplace.
Ms Auf de Masch did not mince her words when talking about Angela Merkel’s chances of returning to the Chancellor’s office after the elections slated for the 24th of September. Speaking at classroom debate not so long ago, Kristin outlined that while there were a lot of women at her level of success and recognition, Angela still remained a force to reckon with. She believes Merkel is heads and shoulders above her compatriots.
Germany’s stewardship has been in the hands of the most powerful woman the globe over for a dozen years. It, therefore, comes as a surprise that the country is still battling woman problems.
Ms Merkel has absolutely no interest in pushing the women empowerment agenda in her country. A sentiment evidenced by the fact that she has never endorsed the concept in any public meeting or forum whatsoever. What’s more, she has even distanced herself from the word “feminist” over the course of this and her other campaigns over the years.
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It is a saddening state of affairs that the society we live in still pushes aside a critical issue like gender equality. We are too keen not to stray off that macho’ way of doing things and in the end; we are aiding the silencing of a core issue.
It is worth noting that Chancellor Merkel doesn’t have any children to her name; a predicament similar to many of her counterparts in other senior business positions.
While a lot of people purport the notion that mankind has changed in the past half a century, I simply do not see any of that. All the evolution that has occurred over countless of millennia seems to be tailored to suit the needs of the male species.
The chancellor, who has provided the inspiration to many, has promised to level the playing field with regards to gender if given another term. However, the facts on the ground say that certainly doesn’t seem to be the case. Already there is set to be a decline in women numbers in parliament no matter which way the vote swings on Sunday.
According to feminists around the world, Ms Merkel is the true emblem of women empowerment and represents all they ever dreamed of achieving. However, the rest of Germany would sternly beg to differ.
The young generation has not known any other presence at the head of the country other the womanly authoritative figure they have grown up under. So much so, that parents have had to answer questions from their children who wonder whether a man could lead the highest office in the land.
Merkel has wiped the floor with all the male rivals who stood up to oppose her. Her deliberative yet unexcitable leadership tactics have pushed the fist-banging approach synonymous with male leaders into oblivion.
Alice Schwarzer, a renowned feminist in the country, made a light-hearted comment about the current state of affairs. She joked that young girls are struggling with the dilemma of whether to become a hairdresser or the chancellor.
However, midsized businesses that make just about everything you could think of from basic commodities to mobility scooters, are mostly spearheaded by men. A sentiment echoed by Ms Auf der Masch and her 14 colleagues under apprenticeship. They all said that a woman wasn’t in charge at their respective companies.
Female department heads are hard to come by, and the few that are in place don’t have any children. The apprentices found it easy to name male managers and had to struggle to come up with women in a similar position.
The truth of the matter is that there are seven male C.E.O.s and just three female ones in the country’s top 160 most publicly traded companies. AllBright foundation, an institute which keeps a close eye on feminine cooperative leadership, further found out that only 7% of board member seats in the aforementioned companies are held by women.
Moreover, 75% of them have no female presence at all within the confines of their executive. Although it is a requirement by law to reserve a number of seats for women at the executive level, most corporations weren’t shy about noting down the fact that they hadn’t set aside any.