Brigitte Zypries is a German lawyer and politician of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). Between 2017 and 2018, she served as Minister for Economics and Energy in the government of chancellor Angela Merkel; she was the first woman to hold that office in German history. Brigitte had previously been Parliamentary State Secretary since December 2013, charged with the coordination of Germany's aviation and space policies. She was Federal Minister of Justice of Germany from 2002 to 2009 and State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior from 1998 to 2002. Brigitte passionately supports girls and women in business and technology and is engaged for the people in her hometown of Darmstadt.