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Angela Dorothea Merkel, Ph.D. 61 is a German politician and former research scientist (physical chemist) who has been the Chancellor of Germany for a decade since 2005 (3rd term) and the Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000. She is the first woman to hold either office.
Chancellor Merkel has been described as the de facto leader of the European Union.  In December 2015, she was named as Time magazine’s Person of the Year, with the magazine’s cover declaring her to be the Chancellor of the Free Worldfor her vital role in Europe’s crises this year:  Greek debt, a swelling tide of refugees and the fight against ISIS.  
On 26 March 2014, she became the longest-serving incumbent head of government in the European Union. Merkel is currently the Senior G7 leader. In May 2015, she was named the most powerful woman in the world for a record ninth time by Forbes.
Breaking the Glass Ceiling 
Merkel’s story is covered extensively in the Time magazine Person of the Year article below which includes photos and video.  Angela Merkel is the 4th solo woman to become TIME’s Person of the Year since its 85 year history.  The last solo woman was President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino 29 years ago.  

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ph.D.​

“Leaders are tested only when people don’t want to follow,”   TIME editor Nancy Gibbs wrote. “For asking more of her country than most politicians would dare, for standing firm against tyranny as well as expedience and for providing steadfast moral leadership in a world where it is in short supply, Angela Merkel is TIME’s Person of the Year.”

Members of the G7 pose for their group photo

Bavaria, Germany_June 2015

From left to right: President of the European Council Donald Tusk, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker
Note:  Chancellor Angela Merkel who hosted the 2015 G7 summit stated “Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be invited to attend the G7 meeting in Bavaria.


Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband 
Joachim Sauer, quantum chemist & full professor 
at Humboldt University attend the opening of the
Wagner Opera Festival at the Gruener Huegel
(Green Hill)  Opera House Bayreuth, Germany
July 25, 2008

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Parts 1, 2 & 3 of “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” series with Misty Copeland follows below.
December 27, 2015
December 7, 2015
November 29, 2015
One should note; that there are some videos which have expired in my earlier blog posts; however, generally there is some narrative or a link to their bibliographies to learn about them and their accomplishments.   The vast majority of these modern women trailblazers has also written at least one book.
Do you know a trailblazer?
If you know of an a woman who has broken the glass ceiling; feel free to contact me.  My contact info is at the end of this post.
November 1, 2015
October 19, 2015
October 11, 2015
October 4, 2015
September 20, 2015

Prior to official launch on September 20, 2015 “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” series

September 14, 2015
Vanessa Williams is the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America.
April 29. 2015
Janet Reno is the first U.S. Attorney General; however, Loretta Lynch is the firstAfrican American woman AG.
November 16, 2014
Aung San Suu Kyi leader of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar won theNov. 2015 election with an absolute majority of the seats in the combined parliament.  Unfortunately Ms. Suu Kyi was barred from becoming Myanmar’s president since her late husband and children are British.  
October 10, 2014
Malala Yousafzai from Pakistani is the youngest Nobel prize laureate and youngestwoman (teenager) to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Three women (Albright, Rice & Clinton) have broken the glass ceiling as U.S. Secretary of State.

July 17, 2014
Hillary Clinton is the first woman who served as first lady and U.S. Senator to becomeU.S. Secretary of State.
July 15, 2014
Madeleine Albright is the first US Secretary of State; and Condoleezza Rice is the firstAfrican American woman.
July 13, 2014
Madeleine Albright the first woman U.S. Secretary of State.
May 20, 2014
Based on a true story; Gugu Mbatha-Raw is the first British-South African woman to star in a Jane Austen heroinemovie. This is the first film where the key roles are lead by women; star Gugu Mbatha-Raw, director Amma Asante (Ghanaian-British) and writer Dr. Misan Sagay (British-Nigerian).
April 23, 2014
Lupita Nyoug’o, first Mexican-Kenyan woman to be selected as People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Person. 
February 6, 2014
Cristeta Comerford, first woman & first person of Asian descent (Filipino-American) to become White House Executive Chef.
January 22, 2014
Diana Nyad is the first person ever to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage atage 64.
October 9, 2013
Janet Yellen the first woman Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 
September 13, 2013
Susan Rice is the first African-American woman to become UN Ambassador and the second African-American woman to become National Security Advisor.
August 3, 2013
Russian Valentina Tereshkova is the first woman to travel in space & Dr. Mae Jemisonis the first African-American woman to travel in space; however, I haven’t written about them yet.  Joan Higginbotham is the third African-American woman to have travelled in space.
Do you know a trailblazer?
If you know of a woman who has broken the glass ceiling; feel free to contact me.  My contact info is at the end of this post.
Gute Nacht!
Good Night!
Camille Mitchell

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