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Secretary Clinton Is Welcomed By German Chancellor Merkel
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on April 14, 2011. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
Angela Merkel - First Female Chancellor of Germany, Scientist and Researcher
Angela Merkel has been noted on many influential lists as the most powerful woman in the world. She is the first woman as well as the first former East German to hold the post of Chancellor. Merkel earned a doctorate in Physics at the University of Leipzig and worked as a quantum chemist before joining the Christian Democratic Union political party in 1990. She served as minister for women and youth and eventually Secretary-General of the CDU before being chosen party leader. Merkel was declared Germany's first female chancellor in 2005.
Hillary Clinton - Women's Rights Advocate, Author, former U.S. Secretary of State, First Lady, Senator and Lawyer
Hillary Rodham Clinton spent nearly four decades in public service before serving as U.S. Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.
A graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School, Clinton had a successful career as an attorney before becoming First Lady of the United States. In that role, she became an advocate of health care reform and a champion of human rights. Secretary Clinton made history as the first former First Lady elected to the United States senate. Secretary Clinton is author of two bestselling books and continues her work for women's rights with the Clinton Foundation.
Like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had a background in science?
Britain's "Iron Lady" studied at Oxford University and was a research chemist before becoming one of the most influential political figures of the 20th Century.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf returned home from Oslo, Norway, on Wednesday, December 14, where she received the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, to a rousing welcome by hundreds of Liberians who gathered at the Roberts International Airport.
Photo Credit: Ousman A. Diallo/Executive Mansion, Republic of Liberia
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - President of Liberia and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
As the first elected female Head of State in Africa, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has led Liberia’s revitalization after years of brutal civil war. Sirleaf has been a strong advocate for the rights of women and the importance of education, earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and holding senior positions at the World Bank and UN. After decades of fighting for freedom, justice and equality, she was inaugurated in January 2006 as President of Liberia.
In 2011, Sirleaf was awarded the distinguished Nobel Peace Prize along with Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work."
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde
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Christine Lagarde – Managing Director, The International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Christine Lagarde is Managing Director of The International Monetary Fund (IMF) an organization that works to foster global growth and economic stability and reduce poverty around the world. Lagarde previously served in the French government and in 2007 became the first woman to hold the post of Finance and Economy Minister of a leading industrialized nation. Lagarde graduated from law school at University Paris X, and obtained a Master’s degree from the Political Science Institute in Aix en Provence.
Sri Mulyani Indrawati
World Bank Managing Director
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Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Ph.D. - Managing Director at the World Bank
Sri Mulyani Indrawati is the Managing Director at the World Bank, a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Indrawati previously served as Indonesia’s minister of finance and as Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund. She also led reconstruction efforts after the tragic 2004 tsunami as head of the Indonesian National Development Planning Agency. She holds a a B.A. in Economics from the University of Indonesia and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Indrawati has been regularly featured on the Forbes List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the world, and has received several accolades for her work in finance. Watch the report "World Bank boss' quest to end poverty" from CNN here.
Dr. Janet Yellen was sworn in as the first woman to head the U.S. Federal Reserve on February 3, 2014.
In this influential role, Dr. Yellen will chair the nation's central bank, which was created to provide a more stable monetary and financial system.
Şafak Pavey – Member of Turkish Parliament, Champion of Rights for Disabled Persons, Women and Refugees
Şafak Pavey was the first disabled woman elected to the Turkish Parliament and is a champion of the rights of refugees, women and disabled persons. Pavey was a young student when she lost her left arm and leg in a tragic accident. She started a career in promoting human rights after completing her Master's degree at the London School of Economics, working for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). She was elected to the Turkish Parliament in 2011 and continues to give a voice to others.
For her work in diplomacy, advocacy and international communications, Pavey was named a 2011 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of contribution to children, world peace and/or human rights, as seen in this video.