New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern shows that motherhood doesn’t have to be incompatible with career success.
Though she will take a six-week leave of absence following the birth, Ardern has no plans to leave her role in government. “I’ll be prime minister and a mum,” she said in The Guardian. “And Clarke will be ‘first man of fishing’ and stay-at-home dad.”
Green party leader, James Shaw, celebrated the announcement, saying, “That a woman can be the prime minister of New Zealand and choose to have a family while in office says a lot about the kind of country we are and that we can be.”
Though the pregnancy was unexpected, the couple says they’re thrilled. Ardern joins an army of women who prove that motherhood doesn’t have to mean the end of your dreams or be incompatible with career success.
Since you are here…
…we’d like to have one more word with you. We are excited to report that Aleteia’s readership is growing at a rapid rate, world-wide! Our team proves its mission every day by providing high-quality content that informs and inspires a Christian life. But quality journalism has a cost and it’s more than ads can cover. We want our articles to be accessible to everyone, free of charge, but we need your help. To continue our efforts to nourish and inspire our Catholic family, your support is invaluable. Become an Aleteia Patron today for as little as $3 a month. May we count on you?