Abstract: What does it mean to be a modern feminist global leader today? Global leadership research is growing, but less research focuses on female leaders, even though the 21st century thus far contains a significant rise of female leaders. Angela Merkel’s infamously historic reticence and aversion, concerning speaking about feminism, irrevocably dissolves in an interview in January of 2019. This interview offers a glimpse into Angela Merkel’s cageyness, and provides an intimate insight into her circumspect perspective concerning feminism. This article aims to explore barriers and challenges to Angela Merkel’s rise as a global leader, how crisis forged and facilitated political opportunities for her, and subsequently how she navigated two distinct times of crisis. Next, this article considers an analysis of Angela Merkel’s leadership, which outlines her leadership identity, in order to deconstruct her reluctance concerning discussions on or about feminism. Finally, this article reflects upon feminist leadership, and discusses alternative perspectives for future consideration. This article offers a brief insight into the obfuscated machinations behind the attempted construction of a modern female global leader, Angela Merkel.
Gaiek, LS and Garcia, Marlyn
"The Reluctant Feminist: Angela Merkel’s Cautious Leadership,"
The Scholarship Without Borders Journal: Vol. 1:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/swbj/vol1/iss2/2
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