5 Quotes from New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern on Her Pregnancy
“I am not the first woman to multi-task.”
It’s safe to say most prime ministers, presidents, and other world leaders have a lot on their plate.
For New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, her plate just got a whole lot more full.
On Friday, Ardern revealed that she expects to give birth this June, CNN reports.
According to the BBC, she will be the first world leader to give birth while in office since Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto did so in 1990, nearly 30 years ago.
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Ardern, for her part, was instrumental in passing a bill to extend paid parental leave policies in New Zealand from 18 to 22 weeks, the New York Times reports, and New Zealand is known to be one of the world’s best countries when it comes to providing adequate time off for parents.
Before becoming prime minister, Ardern shut down a TV host who asked her whether a woman should have to choose between having a family and pursuing a career, saying that it is “totally unacceptable in 2017 to say that women should have to answer that question in the workplace.”
She also has pursued legislation to reduce child poverty, which UNICEF estimates affects about one in four kids, by setting specific reduction targets.
Speaking to the press, Ardern hit on several important points about mother- and fatherhood, parental leave, and work-life balance in all professions. Here are some of our favorite quotes from the happy parent-to-be:
“Clarke and I are really excited that in June our team will expand from two to three, and that we’ll be joining the many parents out there who wear two hats.” — from her Instagram post
“I am not the first woman to multi-task. I am not the first woman to work and have a baby — there are many women who have done this before.” — interview with Radio New Zealand
“One of the things that I have always talked about regardless of our circumstances has been how great it would be for us all to have the pride of knowing that we are one the best places in the world to be a child.” — interview with New Zealand Herald
“I think it’s fair to say that this will be a wee one that a village will raise, but we couldn’t be more excited.” — from her Instagram post
“While 2018 will be the year I become a mum, it will also be a year that the government finishes our 100-day plan and starts pursuing all of the priorities that will build a better New Zealand.” — interview with Newshub