‘The future belongs to those who do something’

As part of the #FemaleForward campaign, we spoke to Bettina Stark-Watzinger, member of the Board of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. She has been a member of the FDP since 2005, since 2017 member of the German Bundestag and mother of two daughters. Politician and mother of two: no problem? Being a politician and a mother is no problem, because my family is the best thing that ever happened to me. When I’ve had a “suboptimal” day, they give me strength again. When my opponents annoy me, my family are on the “right” side. But being a politician and a mother is a problem, because there’s always a bad conscience. Why should more women enter politics? Women should enter politics because it clearly is a win-win situation. Politics shapes the environment we live in. It needs female features as well. So we’re doing it for ourselves. From the point of view of a woman politician, the involvement of women is a building block for a better politics. A diverse business culture where women have strong representation leads to more innovation and successful businesses. What applies to business also applies to politics. And by the way: it’s fun, too! How important is a good education today? Education has always been and will always be important. People who feel secure, who are better at understanding the rapid changes brought about by globalisation and digitisation, will look to the future with optimism. Education is strength. And you need strength to be free: free to take your own decisions and not to clamour for the government to ban things. But we must think about what a good education actually is. Our education system needs an update.

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