1986 was the last time that a woman was featured as Person of the Year, and the honor went to Philippine president Corazon C. Aquino. Since that time, the cover for TIME magazine’s Person of the Year has always featured a man (with exception in 2006 when the Person of the Year as “You”). Well today that changes as German chancellor Angela Merkel becomes the first woman in 29 years to be TIME’s Person of the Year. According to Jezebel, from its inception (1927), only three other women were person of the year: “Elizabeth II, Wallis Simpson, and the American Woman, whatever the hell that means.”
From her leadership on the Syrian refugee and Euro crises to her dealings with Russsian president Putin, Chancellor Merkel has proven to be a capable leader in her 10 year career. Merkel grew up in East Germany and remembers the Berlin wall being put up. According to a profile featured in the New Yorker, Merkel performs imitations of other world leaders, and hates dogs. She’s also fluent in Russian, which has been a great asset in her interactions with the country’s leaders. In her dealings with Putin, two situations stand out. The first was when Putin brought his dog to a meeting with the chancellor, even though he knew that she hated dogs. Many believed it was a move to intimidate Merkel, but that tactic didn’t work and Merkel stated the following about the encounter:
“I understand why he has to do this—to prove he’s a man. He’s afraid of his own weakness. Russia has nothing, no successful politics or economy. All they have is this.
Another instance was when Putin was late for a meeting with the chancellor, which she immediately cancelled the meeting. You don’t mess with the chancellor.
Uncanny Pop congratulates Chancellor Angela Merkel and we hope to see more women on TIME’s person of the year cover.