Is Angela Merkel frumpy?

Slate recently ran an article by Anne Applebaum in which Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany and one of the most powerful women in the world, is described as follows:

"She is not media-friendly. She is not charismatic. She is not physically fit or well-dressed. She does not give off an aura of decisiveness... Her political campaigns are boring, her personal life even more so."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, image credit Kai Pfaffenbach/ Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, image credit Kai Pfaffenbach/ Reuters

The article goes on to criticize Merkel's leadership style, her handling of the Greek economic crisis, and "her very dullness, her middle-aged frumpiness."

This is another example of what has become an unfortunate media trope of criticizing the normal aging process in prominent women, while leaving their male counterparts relatively unscathed. It happened to Hillary Clinton, so why should Angela Merkel be immune?

There has been a surge in professional women seeking plastic surgery in order to stay competitive in the workplace. Perhaps this is why. Society certainly does not make it easy to be an accomplished middle-aged woman. 

 

Click to read Anne Applebaum's piece in Slate

Click to read Anne Applebaum's piece in Slate