Mum-of-seven now in line to be next chancellor
She already combines the roles of cabinet minister and mother of her seven children, but as of this week Ursula von der Leyen will begin being groomed as the most likely politician to succeed Germany's first woman chancellor, Angela Merkel.
A conviction conservative, Ms Merkel's protege and labour minister, will take on the job of defence minister in Germany's new grand coalition government.
The surprise appointment not only marks the first time that a woman has ever taken on a defence portfolio in Germany -- it also gives Ms von der Leyen one of the most senior and high-profile cabinet posts, and by definition, a place at the front of the queue for the chancellor's job in the Christian Democrats.
Ms Merkel has indicated she will stand down after her current third term and Ms von der Leyen could run for the chancellor's job in the run-up to Germany's next scheduled general election in 2017.
More pro-Europe than Ms Merkel, Ms von der Leyen is on record as saying she would like to see a "united states of Europe -- run along the lines of the federal states of Switzerland, Germany or the US".