German Women Leaders

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Throughout history, there have been many German women leaders who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great German female leaders such as Angela Merkel, Hildegard of Bingen, Rosa Luxemburg, Magda Goebbels, Lina Heydrich.
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Ursula von der Leyen
(President of the European Commission )
Ursula von der Leyen
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Birthdate: October 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium
Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen is currently serving as the first president of the European Commission. Named to Time 100 in 2020, she has previously been the first female defense minister of Germany, and has held positions such as the deputy leader of the CDU and the minister of labor.
 2 
Rosa Luxemburg
(Revolutionary Socialist, Marxist Philosopher & Anti-War Activist)
Rosa Luxemburg
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Birthdate: March 5, 1871
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zamosc, Poland
Died: January 15, 1919
Polish Marxist and socialist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg was a member of parties such as the SPD, the USPD, and the KPD. Luxemburg was an anti-war activist and taught economics and Marxism at SPD's Berlin training center. She was assassinated by the Freikorps troops during the German Revolution
 3 
Friedrich Engels
(German Philosopher Who Developed 'Marxism' Together With Karl Max)
Friedrich Engels
6
Birthdate: November 28, 1820
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barmen, Germany
Died: August 5, 1895

Friedrich Engels was a German philosopher, political scientist, and revolutionary socialist. Along with Karl Marx, Engels helped develop Marxism, which has had a profound impact on fields like philosophy and anthropology. Engels is credited with helping Marx publish Das Kapital, a foundational theoretical work in politics, economics, and materialist philosophy. He also co-authored influential political documents like The Communist Manifesto.

 4 
Angela Merkel
(First Female Chancellor of Germany (2005 - 2021))
Angela Merkel
59
Birthdate: July 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

The current chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel is widely described as the world's most powerful woman. Also considered the de facto leader of the European Union (EU), Angela Merkel has played an important role in strengthening international trade agreements. In 2020, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

 5 
Lina Heydrich
(Former Writer, Reinhard Heydrich's wife)
Lina Heydrich
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Birthdate: June 14, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fehmarn, Germany
Died: August 14, 1985
 6 
Ulrike Meinhof
(Journalist and founding member of the Red Army Faction (RAF) in West Germany)
Ulrike Meinhof
5
Birthdate: October 7, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oldenburg, Germany
Died: May 9, 1976
 7 
Annalena Baerbock
(Politician)
Annalena Baerbock
5
Birthdate: December 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Geoffrey V Plantagenet, Count of Anjou
5
Birthdate: August 24, 1113
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Le Mans, France
Died: September 7, 1151
 9 
Gisela Stuart
(Politician)
Gisela Stuart
4
Birthdate: November 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Velden, Bavaria, West Germany
 10 
Alice Weidel
(Politician)
Alice Weidel
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Birthdate: February 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gütersloh, Germany
 11 
Frauke Petry
(Member of the German Bundestag)
Frauke Petry
4
Birthdate: June 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
 12 
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
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Birthdate: August 9, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Völklingen, Saarland, Germany
 13 
Sahra Wagenknecht
(Member of the German Bundestag and Leader of the Opposition (2015 - 2017))
Sahra Wagenknecht
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Birthdate: July 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jena, Germany

Apart from being an economist and a politician, Sahra Wagenknecht has also proved herself as a fine journalist and author, with books such as Capitalism in a Coma. She has previously represented, Die Linke, or the Left Party, as its leader in the German Bundestag, and has been the leader of the opposition.

 14 
Clara Zetkin
(German Communist Leader and Feminist Activist)
Clara Zetkin
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Birthdate: July 5, 1857
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Königshain-Wiederau, Germany
Died: June 20, 1933

German feminist, Marxist theorist, and Communist activist Clara Zetkin had a prominent role in the Communist Party of Germany and Comintern following World War I. Initially trained to be a teacher, she gradually gravitated towards women’s and labor movements. She later became closely associated with Lenin.

 15 
Beatrix von Storch
(Politician)
Beatrix von Storch
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Birthdate: May 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lübeck, West Germany
 16 
Ursula Kuczynski
(German Communist Activist Who Worked as a Spy for the Soviet Union)
Ursula Kuczynski
4
Birthdate: May 15, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany
Died: July 7, 2000

Ursula Kuczynski was a German Communist activist. She is best remembered for her work as a spy for the Soviet Union. She coordinated with Klaus Fuchs, a German atomic spy, who started passing information on the British atomic bomb project through Ursula Kuczynski to the Soviet Union.

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Hilde Schramm
(Politician)
Hilde Schramm
2
Birthdate: April 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
 18 
Sabine Bergmann-Pohl
(Former German Minister for Special Affairs (1990 - 1991))
Sabine Bergmann-Pohl
2
Birthdate: April 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Eisenach, Germany

A qualified doctor and a lung diseases specialist, Sabine Bergmann-Pohl had been the head of state of East Germany before the German reunification. She has also led the Volkskammer as its president and was the Federal Minister for Special Affairs under Helmut Kohl. The mother of two is a Protestant.

 19 
Julia Klöckner
(Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection)
Julia Klöckner
2
Birthdate: December 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bad Kreuznach, Germany
 20 
Petra Kelly
(Former politician who help found Germany's Green Party and was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1982)
Petra Kelly
4
Birthdate: November 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Günzburg, Germany
Died: October 1, 1992
 21 
August Bebel
(Former Politician best remembered as one of the founders of the Social Democratic Workers' Party of Germany (SDAP) in 1869)
August Bebel
2
Birthdate: February 22, 1840
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Deutz, Cologne, Germany
Died: August 13, 1913
 22 
Andrea Nahles
(Politician)
Andrea Nahles
2
Birthdate: June 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mendig, Germany
 23 
Margot Honecker
(Politician)
Margot Honecker
5
Birthdate: April 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Halle (Saale), Germany
Died: May 6, 2016
 24 
Alice Orlowski
2
Birthdate: September 30, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 21, 1976
 25 
Katja Kipping
(Politician)
Katja Kipping
2
Birthdate: January 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dresden, East Germany
 26 
Manuela Schwesig
(Politician)
Manuela Schwesig
2
Birthdate: May 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany
 27 
Franziska Giffey
(Politician)
Franziska Giffey
2
Birthdate: May 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany
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Tamara Bunke
(Argentine-born East German Spy and Revolutionary)
Tamara Bunke
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Birthdate: November 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: August 31, 1967

Tamara Bunke was an Argentine-born East German spy and revolutionary. She played an important role in the Cuban government and in various revolutionary movements across Latin America. She also fought during the Bolivian insurgency and was killed in an ambush by Bolivian Army Rangers while fighting alongside communist guerrillas led by Che Guevara.

 29 
Katarina Barley
(Member of the European Parliament)
Katarina Barley
2
Birthdate: November 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cologne, West Germany (now Germany)
 30 
Henriette Reker
2
Birthdate: December 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
 31 
Claudia Roth
(Member of the German Bundestag)
Claudia Roth
2
Birthdate: May 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ulm, West Germany
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Gertrud Scholtz-Klink
2
Birthdate: February 9, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Adelsheim, Germany
Died: March 24, 1999
Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp
2
Birthdate: October 23, 1636
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Germany
Died: November 24, 1715
 34 
Ska Keller
(Politician)
Ska Keller
2
Birthdate: November 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guben, Germany
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Amira Mohamed Ali
(Politician)
Amira Mohamed Ali
2
Birthdate: January 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
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Anna of Saxony
(Politician)
Anna of Saxony
2
Birthdate: December 23, 1544
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: December 18, 1577
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Nina Menegatto
(Businesswoman)
Nina Menegatto
2
Birthdate: November 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kempten, Germany

Nina Menegatto is a businesswoman who currently serves as the Princess of Seborga. Since 2019, she has been reigning over a micronation known as the Principality of Seborga. The former wife of the previous head of state Marcello Menegatto, Nina is the first woman to serve in this position.

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Doris Schröder-Köpf
1
Birthdate: August 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuburg an der Donau, Germany
 39 
Hannelore Kraft
(Politician)
Hannelore Kraft
2
Birthdate: June 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mülheim, Germany
 40 
Walburga Habsburg Douglas
(Lawyer, Politician)
Walburga Habsburg Douglas
0
Birthdate: October 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berg, Germany

The German-Swedish lawyer and politician Walburga Habsburg Douglas serves as the vice-president of the Paneuropean Union and is also a board member of the Institute for Information on the Crimes of Communism. The former parliament member was born in Germany and is the daughter of last crown prince of Austria-Hungary and the granddaughter of the last Austrian emperor, Charles I.

 41 
Katrin Göring-Eckardt
2
Birthdate: May 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Friedrichroda, Germany
 42 
Margarete Buber-Neumann
1
Birthdate: October 21, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
Died: November 6, 1989
 43 
Libertas Schulze-Boysen
1
Birthdate: November 20, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 22, 1942

Libertas Schulze-Boysen was a German aristocrat who fought against the Nazi regime. Libertas, who had contact with important people in different strata of society, started documenting the atrocities carried out by the Nazis during the early 1940s. She also played an important role in the formation of the Red Orchestra. Libertas Schulze-Boysen was executed by the Nazis, at the age of 29.

 44 
Anke Domscheit-Berg
1
Birthdate: February 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Premnitz, Germany
 45 
Grete Keilson
(Politician)
Grete Keilson
1
Birthdate: December 21, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: January 4, 1999
 46 
Ruth Neudeck
(Military Supervisor)
Ruth Neudeck
2
Birthdate: July 5, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Breslau, Weimar Republic, Germany
Died: July 29, 1948
 47 
Anja Karliczek
(Politician)
Anja Karliczek
1
Birthdate: April 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ibbenbüren, Germany
 48 
Emma Zimmer
(Overseer)
Emma Zimmer
2
Birthdate: August 14, 1888
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Schlüchtern, Germany
Died: September 20, 1948
 49 
Elise Hampel
(Resistance fighter)
Elise Hampel
1
Birthdate: October 27, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bismark, Germany
Died: April 8, 1943

Elise Hampel was a German domestic servant best remembered for creating postcards against Hitler's government and leaving them in public places during World War II. Elise and her husband, Otto Hampel, were caught and beheaded in Plötzensee Prison in 1943. Their bravery inspired Hans Fallada to write a novel, which was later adapted into a film named Alone in Berlin. 

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Barbara Rütting
1
Birthdate: November 21, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ludwigsfelde Ludwigsfelde-Wietstock, Germany
Died: March 28, 2020