In announcing that she would not attend the opening ceremonies of the Bejing Olympics in August, Germany's chancellor became the first world leader to refuse to participate in protest of China's handling of protests in Tibet. Pressure is growing internationally for a way to highlight China's grim human rights and environmental policies, yet many countries are reluctant order a full boycott, as such measures punish all athletes who have trained for years to compete. Leave it to a woman of our WVFC age to find a solution that allows athletes to compete, but sends a strong message. Angela Merkel, 54, was elected Germany's first woman chancellor with a narrow victory in 2005, and despite being saddled with the charge that she was "dowdy."

Start the conversation

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.