Klöckner: The CDU has a problem with women

To have the first woman as Federal Chancellor is not enough, said CDU Vice-President Julia Klöckner. Women are less likely to get a chance in the CDU – they should be consciously promoted by other women politicians.

The deputy CDU chairwoman Julia Klöckner has criticized the fact that women are too little visible in the breadth of her party. “There is only one woman among all Union parliamentary group leaders in the federal states, and it does not look any better among the party leaders in the federal states. If there are only a few posts to be given, women are often less likely to have a chance,” said the federal minister of agriculture to the “newcomers” Osnabrücker Zeitung “(Wednesday).

It is not enough that the Union has appointed Angela Merkel as the first female chancellor and Ursula von der Leyen as the first female defense minister. What is needed is “simply normality, a matter of course even when you first look at the fact that women in the CDU are not uncommon in general”. From their point of view, women in the party should promote and encourage other women. “I think we need more practical mentors who encourage other women and support them.”

Julia Klöckner: The Agriculture Minister wants CDU politicians to promote and encourage women in the party. (Source: Reuters)

CDU federal board member Wiebke Winter demanded that the party should become younger and more feminine. “Diversity means that you can make a policy that may appeal to even more people,” said the 25-year-old to the newspapers of the Funke media group. “We can’t bake any female candidates at the moment. But we have to develop women, we have to improve structurally.”

At the moment, those who appeared suitable for the party chairmanship are male and from North Rhine-Westphalia. “However, I would be happy if the field got even more mixed,” said Winter. Possible applicants for the CDU leadership are above all the economic politician Friedrich Merz, the health minister Jens Spahn, the foreign politician Norbert Röttgen, Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus and the economic politician Carsten Linnemann.

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