German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended a panel in Berlin on Tuesday 25 April.
The Chancellor was a research scientist with a doctorate in physical chemistry before her time in politics, where she progressed to the office of Chancellor following the election in 2005, a position she has held ever since.
During the panel this week, she was asked whether she thought of herself as a feminist.
The crowd grew noisy as she pondered over her response.
After she hesitated, she replied:
I am not afraid of it [the label].
If you think that I am one - please, vote on it.
But I don't want to adorn myself with these feathers.
To be honest the history of feminism is one with which I have common ground but also differences, and I don’t want to embellish myself with a title I don’t have.
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands said:
I just want that all women have freedom of choice and opportunities, that they can grab and be happy and proud of themselves.
To which Merkel responded:
If that is a feminist, I am a feminist.
Whether you think she's asking to be judged on her record rather than her words, or whether she's shying away from a label, it's an interesting answer in the political climate.