This week Forbes magazine again named physicist ANGELA MERKEL as the world's most powerful women. Because science jobs are so hard to find, she has been working outside the field of physics. Even if they must work in office hobs, we should still consider women such as Angela to be scientists. The selection of Sarah Palin as a vice-presidential candidate has excited women of all political stripes. Many of us were deeply disappointed that Hilary Clinton did not get a similiar nod. Eventually even the US will have a woman leader. Despite all the challenges, women continue to advance.