Ursula von der Leyen, then Germany’s defense minister, reads in 2014 with 1st Lt. Patrick Schumitz and his son, Oskar, during a nursery opening at the University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich. During a previous stint running Germany’s family ministry, von der Leyen, a mother of seven, instituted new child care and parental leave policies.

Ursula von der Leyen, then Germany’s defense minister, reads in 2014 with 1st Lt. Patrick Schumitz and his son, Oskar, during a nursery opening at the University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich. During a previous stint running Germany’s family ministry, von der Leyen, a mother of seven, instituted new child care and parental leave policies.