Queen Elizabeth II is the world's longest-serving woman leader. She has been queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Getty Images Europe
The vast majority of current world leaders are males, but women have rapidly entered the political realm, and some women now lead some of the largest, most populated, and most economically successful countries on Earth. Women leaders work to ensure diplomacy, freedom, justice, equality, and peace. Female leaders especially work hard to improve the lives of ordinary women, some of whom desperately need better health and educations.
Here are some profiles of important female leaders whose countries have important connections to the United States.
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel is the first female chancellor of Germany, which has the largest economy in Europe. She was born in Hamburg in 1954. She studied chemistry and physics in the 1970s. Merkel became a member of the Bundestag, the German Parliament in 1990. She served as Germany's Federal Minister for Women and Youth from 1991-1994. Merkel also was the Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety. She chaired the Group of Eight, or G8. Merkel became chancellor in November 2005. Her main goals are healthcare reform, further European integration, energy development, and reducing unemployment. From 2006-2009, Merkel was ranked as the most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine.
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