The benefits of democracy seem to have recently been outlined, with an array of elections across the globe enabling the public to make their voices heard. This also seems to aid them in driving their country along a fresh pathway, and impact their futures productively. Whilst these nations may naturally have different priorities, one constant seems to remain: a male victor. This may be beneficial for these politicians, who seem to naturally be well-equipped to attain the position and, since they were voted in, may have successfully resonated with their public. The necessity for female politicians to enter the fray may have thus intensified, and therefore the achievements of Andrea Nahles may be increasingly poignant. Having recently become the first woman in history to lead the Social Democrats in Germany, her proficiency as a politician may have been highlighted. Yet, it may more significantly pave the way for an influx of females to strive for a career in politics, and therefore Nahles’ crowning glory may be in motivating the masses.
Having previously led the SPD’s youth wing, she seems to possess experience in leading a group, with the main requirement therefore perhaps now being appealing to the public. She seems to be adhering to this ideology; utilising traits perhaps deemed her strengths in order to accentuate her abilities. In using her capabilities as a public speaker, coupled with her mannerisms and gravitas when communicating, she may be able to successfully outline her intentions adeptly. Considering the most important period for her may be forthcoming, as while she indeed won the position of leader, she may need to advance herself and the party, she seems to be laying the groundwork for this to ultimately occur.
This may be a prominent focus for Nahles, yet her crowning glory may be her efficient and tangible relationship with Angela Merkel. With both coming from contrasting backgrounds, including geographically and religiously, she may have been placed in challenging circumstances. This seemed to be a position she relished, and in bypassing these affiliations to create a relationship between the two, she may be highlighting her ability to negotiate with other leaders. With resonating with other influencers a key trait required on the global stage, Nahles may be solely serving to elevate her strength both domestically and internationally.
Furthermore, whilst the CDU remains the prominent, the party in Germany, the SPD may have an important role in the Government. Due to being a member of Merkel’s coalition, they may be able to implement change. While Merkel may face challenges due to her requirement to innovate, Nahles and the SPD may be able to attain pivotal experience at the pinnacle. This may be increasingly important for the party in the aftermath of the election, with their current standing perhaps requiring an overhaul of their ideologies. As such, Nahles may have been placed in a fruitful position, as with the SPD opting for this fresh direction, she seems to have established herself as the best equipped to implement this. If she may achieve this goal, and understand how the German public wishes for their leader to advance the nation, she may cement her legacy, and further advance women’s’ cause.
The future seems to therefore be fruitful for Nahles, as having been provided with an opportunity to reinstate the party to their former standing, she seems to represent a period of innovation for the SPD. She may be highlighting how women may be able to achieve on a similar scale to their male counterparts. With Germany’s two major parties now led by females, the nation may also be playing a key role in achieving equality in this occupation, increasing the credibility and viability of this pathway for women. Considering there has also been a number of advancements for females across the globe, including with voting, and with the centenary of the Suffragettes achieving their goal recently occurring, the groundwork for this may be being laid. Therefore, whilst Nahles has achieved politically, she may have most notably accomplished on a wider scale, motivating all to succeed in their respective pathways.
How might Nahles’ appointment motivate more women to strive for a career in politics?