It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL
FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DECEMBER 10TH 2017
Passion & Integrity
Commerce & Creativity
Equality Not Hierarchy
Angela Merkel - Germany
TheWIFTS Foundation Award
Woman Of The Decade (Society)
Leader of The Christian
Chancellor of The Federal
Republic of Germany
Angela Merkel is the recipient of TheWIFTS Foundation Award as TheWIFTS Woman Of The Decade (Society) 2017. With a Ph.D. in quantum physics, her foresight and fortitude epitomize the concept of TheWIFTS Foundation’s ‘singular woman as an individual’. With a rare and indefinable quality she demonstrates Passion & Integrity, Commerce & Creativity, Equality not Hierarchy as leader of the Christian Democratic Union and Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany*. It is Angela Merkel’s ‘individuality’ not her gender that has set her apart and inspires her as a role model of ‘individuality’ in public life that TheWIFTS Foundation seeks, honors and celebrates.
The Making of Merkel with Andrew Marr BBC documentary 2013 about Angela Merkel imp politician.
Angela Dorothea Kasner was born to Herlind Kasner, an English and Latin teacher, and Horst Kasner, a theologian and Lutheran minister. A few weeks after she was born, her father moved the family to Templin, in East Germany, about an hour from Berlin.
Merkel's childhood was shaped by the Stasi, or secret police. The Stasi made people paranoid. Merkel learned early on to keep her cards close to her chest.
She excelled in academics, especially math, science, and languages. In her teenage years, her parents encouraged her to join the Communist youth organization, the Freie Deutsche Jugend or Free German Youth, to develop skills for a career in politics. After flunking a physics course in high school, she decided to pursue a degree from the University of Leipzig in physics to prove her mastery of the subject.
Popular among her peers, she caught the eye of fellow physics student Ulrich Merkel, whom she met during a Russian exchange trip. She married him in 1977 and graduated the following year with a degree in physics and physical chemistry.
She continued her academic career and went on to study at the elite German Academy of Sciences, in Berlin, and earned a Ph.D. in quantum chemistry, in 1986. After earning her doctorate, she worked as a chemist at the Academy of Sciences, where she was one of a few female researchers. She was convinced that a career in science would protect her from the constraints of the East German regime. Merkel and her husband divorced in 1982. She later married Joachim Sauer, a chemistry professor. 
Another source of information on Angela Merkel can be found at Biography.  The video is worth watching and is a very refreshing observation and analysis of Angela Merkel.
Image courtesy of Biography.com
The Biography host speaks of the question of Feminism, is Angela Merkel a feminist – she has said time and time again she is not - and thinks that real feminists would be offended if she identified herself as such. What Merkel put forth at the G7 2015 conference is – the need to get more women into positions of ‘society’s economic life’ to balance the gender inequality which in turn as statistics has shown can reduce the poverty level. In brief summary the issue of gender inequality and poverty are intertwined.
Timeline to an incredible career:  Angela Merkel was sworn in as Chancellor on November 22, 2005. She is the first woman and the first East German to hold this office. Her CV traces the most important milestones on her way to becoming Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Angela Merkel was born in Hamburg on 17 July 1954. She is a Protestant Christian and is married to Joachim Sauer. 1973: Abitur (higher education entrance qualification)
in Templin; 1973 - 1978: Studied Physics at Leipzig University; 1978 - 1990: Member of the academic staff at the Central
Institute of Physical Chemistry at the Academy of Sciences; 1986: Awarded a doctorate; 1989: Member of "Demokratischer Aufbruch"
(Democratic Awakening); Since 1990: Member of the Christian Democratic
Union of Germany (CDU); 1990: Deputy Government Spokeswoman of the de Maizière Government in the German Democratic Republic (GDR); Since 1990: Member of the German Bundestag; 1991 – 1998: Deputy Chairwoman of the CDU; 1993 – 2000: Chairwoman of the CDU Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania; 1991 – 1994: Federal Minister for Women and Youth; 1994 – 1998: Federal Minister for the Environment,
Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety; 1998 – 2000: General Secretary of the CDU Germany; Since 2000: Chairwoman of the CDU Germany; 2002 – 2005: Chairwoman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary
group in the German Bundestag; Since November 2005: Chancellor of the Federal Republic
of Germany. 2017 - At the time of going to press Angela Merkel
was seeking a 4th term as Chancellor of the Federal Republic