The 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand has gained wide popularity globally with her coronavirus victory, but the social democrat and a progressive has many victories which every woman and future leaders must be aware of, so, we have accumulated some of her facts and victories that are inspirational:
While Ardern Jacinda who sworn as the youngest female Prime Minister of New Zealand on 26 Oct 2017, her great, great grandmother Kate Wiltshire signed the 1893 petition demanding votes for women which led New Zealand to become the first democracy to grant women the vote.
Ardern's Irish great-grandmother Kate Wiltshire was an excellent long-distance walker who completed walk-races and claimed the title 'The Greatest Female Pedestrienne in the World'.
Ardern Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern was born 26 July 1980 in Hamilton, New Zealand. She grew up as a Mormon in Morrinsville and on an apple orchard in Murupara where she learned to drive a tractor before she could drive a car.
While she became the first New Zealand PM to march in the gay pride march in 2020, Ardern's had the respect towards the community and took a step to leave The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in her mid-20s, as she felt their teachings were incompatible with her own beliefs, especially those on gay rights.
Ardern got her first job at a fish and chip shop in Morrinsville called the 'Golden Kiwi'. Remember we mentioned victories, well, this can be a personal win and an inspiring episode for many.
An episode she recounted in an interview was her experience where a contemporary from school who robbed her when she was out the back. But, was busted when she met him at a party, got his telephone number and gave it to the police.
In 1999, she left her job at the fish and chip shop and joined a full-time job for the New Zealand Labour Party in the general election which she held for a short while was working as a DJ at Auckland's Laneway Festival.
In the year of the financial crisis, 2008, she served as policy adviser for the UK government even though she was critical of UK Prime Minister Tony Blair due to his decision to invade Iraq. She was elected President of the International Union of Socialist Youth, and later in the year, was elected for the first time to the New Zealand parliament.
Being at the highest position in the country, on 21 June 2018, Ardern became only the second elected leader in the world (after Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto) to give birth while in office.
While Bhutto was dismissed from office seven months later in 1990, New Zealand's PM continued to win the battle in the 20th century where for the first six months, she continued to breast-feed her new child, Neve.
She took her with her partner on official business and in 2018, became the first leader to bring their child to a United Nations meeting. While Ardern gave a speech to the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, three-month-old Neve sat in.
Arden is popular for her zeal to promote frugality in her government from encouraging ministers to carpool to events to announcing pay freezes for MPs, her actions do speak louder than words. In 2020, she did announce a 20% cut in pay for herself and cabinet ministers in response to the Covid-19 economic crisis.
A big part of being successful against COVID-19 has been an early move by the countries to deal with the pandemic. Having mentioned that in 2020, Ardern's government was one of the first to issue lockdown orders.
"We go hard, we go early" was what she said while Ardern locked country down in contrast to other countries. While the rest of the world sought to 'flatten the curve', her focus was to 'eliminate the virus' completely.
While death rates in New Zealand in the early months of 2020 were significantly lower than in other countries, by June 8, 2020, the country was declared COVID-19 free. The Home Minister made a statement emphasising no active cases of COVID-19 in the country for the first time since February 28 while Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said in a statement, "the last person who was being monitored for coronavirus has now been released from isolation as he's been symptom-free and is regarded as recovered."
Jacinda Arderm lifted all the restrictions and moved to national alert while saying public and private events, the retail and hospitality industries and all public transport could resume without social distancing norms still in place across much of the world. She also said, she did a "little dance" when told there were no active cases in the country, a victory worth celebrating in 2020.
While every woman has it in herself to be the most fierce, strong and empowered, she is truly one of those who are showcasing the same and being a true inspiration for others. If you like these facts, do share your views in comments, and stories of women with victories to there own battles.
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