Political Powerhouses: Angela Merkel

As the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel is not only one of the most powerful people in Europe, but the entire world. Later on this year she faces into an election campaign in the most turbulent times in modern history. In the next few months the EU will have to deal with the fallout from Britain leaving the Union as well as the political situation in the United States. In her own country she is still dealing with the issue of mass immigration. Angela earned a doctorate in physics from the University of Leipzig in 1978. After completing her doctorate she worked at the Central Institute...

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Political Powerhouses: Samantha Power

The majority of posts in this series have been about politicians many people would have heard about. There are many women in politics that aren’t household names and yet have contributed much to the political world. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of diplomacy. Diplomats work the world over to maintain positive relations between counties. Samantha Power is one of these people. Samantha Power spent the first nine years old her life in Ireland before she moved to Pittsburgh with her mother and brother. She graduated from Yale in 1992, after which she began interning at...

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Political Powerhouses: Elizabeth Dole

The saying ‘behind every good man is a great woman’ is very appropriate for Elizabeth Dole. Her husband ran for President a number of times but she herself had a very long and successful career in politics. She studied political science at Duke University, where she served as student body president. She went on to study at Harvard where she earned a Master’s degree in education before moving onto Harvard law school. In her graduating class of 500 she was one of only 25 women to leave with degree. Following her graduation she moved to Washington D.C. She worked in a private law firm...

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Political Powerhouses: Mary-Pat Hector

At just 19 years of age Mary-Pat Hector already has an impressive political CV. She has worked throughout her home city of Atlanta to try and reduce gun violence, she is a youth leader in the National Action Network, and now she is aiming to run for city council in Atlanta. Mary-Pat’s activism began at a young age; when she was just 13 years old she launched the Just Think Twice campaign. This was her attempt to work with young people to reduce gun violence. The campaign involved her having billboard installed around Atlanta as well as speaking to thousands of children around the United...

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Political Powerhouses: Shirley Chisholm

Becoming President of the United States of America has proven to be the ultimate glass ceiling. Hillary Clinton came close to shattering it last year, but Shirley Chisholm was one of the first women to put a crack in it. In 1972 she became the first African-American woman to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for the Presidency. Shirley was born in Brooklyn, New York and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College. During her time in college she won a number of prizes for her debating skills. She earned a MA in elementary education and went on to become director of a...

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Political Powerhouses: Theresa May

2016 was a tumultuous year for politics internationally. In Great Britain they had to deal with the aftermath of the EU Referendum. One major issue they had to deal with was the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron. Theresa May was chosen as his replacement, becoming the second female Prime Minister of Great Britain. After studying geography at St. Hugh’s College she spent the next two decades working in the financial industry. She didn’t enter the political world until the 1990s, suffering defeats in the early part of the decade. In 1997 she was elected as a Conservative MP for...

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Political Powerhouses: Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren has had a successful career thus far in politics. The roles she has held include assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury. In 2012 she was elected to the U.S. senate for the state of Massachusetts. She was born in Oklahoma and won a scholarship to George Washington University as a result of her role in her high school debate team. She then moved to Houston where she earned a Bachelor of Science in speech pathology and audiology. Following the birth of her first child she began attending Rutgers School of Law. After her graduation she...

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Political Powerhouses: Geraldine Ferraro

Geraldine Ferraro worked as an attorney before entering the political world. As a member of the Democratic Party she was a member of the House of Representatives. She also became the first woman to run for the vice-presidency of the U.S. She was born in New York and after earning a degree in English she started working as a teacher. At the same time she went to law school at night at Fordham University. After graduation she worked as a lawyer at her husband’s company. She entered public office in 1974 when she became an assistant district attorney in Queens County. She started in the...

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Political Powerhouses: Catherine Cortez Masto

The 2016 United States presidential election held the possibility of history being made. We of course know that Hillary Clinton was unsuccessful in her attempt to win the race to the White House. History was, however, made in Las Vegas. On that Tuesday night, Catherine Cortez Masto became the first Latina elected to represent Nevada in the U.S. Senate. She worked as an attorney in Las Vegas and went on to become the Attorney General of Nevada. During her tenure she worked to pass new laws targeting the methamphetamine industry. The laws targeted the manufacturers of the drug and the...

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Political Powerhouses: Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright made history in the 1990s when she became the first female Secretary of State in the United States. She was sworn in by Bill Clinton in 1997. She was born in Prague and moved to the United Kingdom with her family. They later emigrated to the United States, settling in New York and later Denver. She studied political science at Wellesley College. After she graduated she worked as an intern for the Denver Post. After she married and had three children she continued her education. She earned her MA in Russian studies and a Ph.D. in public law and government. She entered...

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