Kristina Schröder in 2009
|Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth|
30 November 2009 – 17 December 2013
|Preceded by||Ursula von der Leyen|
|Succeeded by||Manuela Schwesig|
|Member of the Bundestag|
3 August 1977 |
|Political party||Christian Democratic Union (CDU)|
|Spouse(s)||Ole Schröder (m. 2010)|
|Children||Lotte (b. 2011)|
|Alma mater||Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz|
Kristina Schröder (née Köhler, born 3 August 1977) is a German politician who served as the Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth from 2009 to 2013. She has served as a Member of Parliament since 2002.
Life and work
Schröder was born Kristina Köhler in Wiesbaden, Hessen. After finishing her abitur in 1997, she studied sociology, history, philosophy, and political science at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. She earned her Diplom in 2002, and her Ph.D. in 2009. Her doctoral thesis was Gerechtigkeit als Gleichheit? Eine empirische Analyse der objektiven und subjektiven Responsivität von Bundestagsabgeordneten (Engl. “Justice as equality? An empirical analysis of the objective and subjective responsivity of members of parliament”), supervised by Jürgen W. Falter. Following her appointment as government minister, her doctoral research came under close scrutiny for its heavy reliance on research assistance by her party. In 2011 it was reported that an assistant of Falter had been paid by Schröder for working on the statistical data on which the thesis was based. The university's president stated there was no evidence for any wrongdoing, and that legwork undertaken by aides was scientifically legitimate and accepted practice.
Schröder joined the Junge Union in 1991 and has been a member of the Bundestag since 2002, affiliated with the CDU. On November 30, 2009, she was appointed Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth in the cabinet of Angela Merkel.
Schröder lives in Berlin with her husband Ole Schröder, a fellow member of the Bundestag. Shortly after her appointment, the two announced that they were planning to get married in February 2010 and did so on 12 February 2010. In January 2011, it was announced that Schröder was pregnant with her first child, who was born in June 2011, and that she would try not to take time off during the pregnancy. She is the first German cabinet member to ever give birth to a child while in office.
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- Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth: Kristina Schröder - short bio on the website of the German federal government
- Kristina Schröder in the German National Library catalogue