Newsflash: Jacinda, it isn’t that unusual, you know

You’d think Jacinda Ardern is the first woman to ever have a baby… and do a job.

The NZ Herald reports:

Speaking with journalist Leila McKinnon, Ardern said her dual role as an expectant mother and Prime Minister came with certain burdens.

“On the one hand, I want in the future for it not to be unusual to see a woman in leadership, and mothers in leadership, but also at the same time I am very cautious not to be seen to be doing anything that actually woman since forever have been doing as well,” she said.

I wonder Jacinda, have you ever heard of a woman and mother called Jenny Shipley? She was the first woman Prime Minister of NZ, and a mother.

Have you heard of Ruth Richardson? She was a woman and finance minister… and a mother.

Helen Clark doesn’t count. She chose not to have children.

What about Indira Gandhi? She was a woman and a Prime Minister… and a mother.

How about Benazir Bhutto? She did what you are doing decades ago: Prime Minister, woman, mother… and then there was Margaret Thatcher, also mother, woman, Prime Minister.

What about Sian Elias? She’s a woman and is the Chief Justice.

In 1999 the Chief Justice was a woman, the leader of the Opposition was a woman and the Prime Minister was a woman. The three top spots, all women. In 2018 our three branches of government, the Cabinet, The Governor-General and the Chief Justice, are all women. And Dame Catherine Tizard and Dame Silvia Cartwright have also been Governors-General.

All of those women have been there and done that. It certainly looks like we don’t actually have a problem at all, even though Jacinda Ardern thinks she is trailblazing. In fact, the trail is now a four-lane highway with median barriers. But Jacinda Ardern thinks she is so special? She isn’t all that, actually.

But, forget all that, as it is obvious we are well past Jacinda Ardern’s future. We’ve lived it, it has happened already, but Jacinda Ardern was so busy being a good little cloth-cap young socialist that she seems to have missed our history. There have been, and will continue to be, women in leadership and mothers in leadership. Her future is actually our past.

“Equally, I don’t want to make it look like woman should, and will, have to do everything because it is hard. I am certainly not here to make it look like all women should be super women so I am going to make sure it is a bit warts and all.”

Yeah, I’m not sure we want to hear about your warts.

Ardern also expressed concerns about bringing up a child in the public eye.

I have chosen a career in politics… but my family, my partner, they haven’t,” she said.

“I have no doubt I will feel that emotion for my child as well, and probably feel quite protective of them, but equally there is only so much we can do.

“We live in the public eye and we accept that is one of the consequences of the job I am lucky to have.”

You chose this, well before you admitted to it publicly. The solution, if you are so concerned about your child being brought up in public, is don’t bring it up in public. But that won’t happen, will it sweetie? You need, you crave, you want the publicity, the endless photo opportuniddies, the glory, the fanfare… yep, you want it all.

I’m pretty sure Clarke has chosen to live his life in the public too or was Jacinda referring to some sort of secret life that we don’t know about. He fronts a TV show, after all, so surely we know all there is to know.

If you truly don’t want your child brought up in the limelight then state right now, right here, that you won’t do baby photo shoots, or publish social media photos of little “Charlie’s” first bath, poop, solid food, whatever. If you truly don’t want it then it is up to you, just say NO. But you won’t, will you?

You are Prime Minister, do your freakin’ job. The job you state you are lucky to have — very lucky because Winston could have chosen someone else.


-NZ Herald

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