Women can do anything

Women’s Minister and Green Party co-leadership candidate Julie Anne Genter has announced she is pregnant.  

The pregnancy did not at all change her intention to stand for co-leader or to carry on as Women’s Minister and associate transport and health minister.

I do believe that there is no reason a woman can’t be a mother and do that job,” Genter said.

Mothers who have it all have to do it all credit Daily Mail

Having a child is a truly wonderful thing, an amazing experience for any woman and both Genter and Ardern are to be congratulated.

So why does Genter’s announcement that her pregnancy will not interfere with her job and her immediate political goals sound flippant?  Because it is.  

Neither of them has experienced the demands of a newborn.  They don’t know that the addition of this new little person into their lives and their partners’ life changes everything. 

Both were quick to nominate their partner as the primary caregiver and reassure us they wouldn’t be away from their desks for too long.

Unfortunately, you can’t delegate your love for your child to someone else.  Hormones kick in after birth and the baby becomes your priority.  Ask any father how he felt when he realised he had now dropped down to second place after the birth of his first child. 

From the point where she becomes a mother, a women’s responsibilities change.  Caring for her child, her partner and her job requires daily juggling.  Add sleepless nights or a sick child and work deadlines and the pressure builds. 

No one expects a mother to prioritise her work commitments over her child but these two are saying that is exactly what they intend to do.  I just don’t believe them.


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