Ardern an example to women and employers

There’s some interesting aspects about Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy. but nothing that should be out of the ordinary. Governments have to be able to function without any member of the Cabinet, leader or otherwise, for a number of reasons.

The biggest problem with it is media overload, and that’s likely to continue unabated – and will probably reach fever pitch around birth time and will continue from there with over the top coverage. Having a baby is generally very ordinary (except for those directly involved) and obviously very common.

Apart from this it does send some good modern signals, as pointed out in an ODT editorial: A prime example for women

Not just for women – for men as well who have to consider family versus career decisions and balancing priorities.

There is a very strong message being sent by the Prime Minister and her partner. Mr Gayford will stay at home to be the primary caregiver and Ms Ardern says knowing so many parents juggle the care of their new babies, they consider themselves to be very lucky.

Ms Ardern (37) is demonstrating to women in New Zealand it is possible to have a top-flight career and still become a mother. Too often, we are told women hit a barrier in promotion or pay because they are expected to take time off work to have children.

Although she is in a privileged position, being New Zealand’s top politician and having a caring and supportive partner, Ms Ardern will be an example to women and employers alike.

New Zealand has often led the world in reforms and this is another chance to show how enlightened the country is.

It’s not so much enlightenment, it’s just common sense.

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18 Comments

  1. adamsmith1922

     /  January 22, 2018

    Peter you have succumbed to baby hysteria. The whole circus around a very unremarkable event is absurd

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  2. David

     /  January 22, 2018

    PG she has mis managed her contraception and been a little bit sneaky so before people get too excited she is yet to actually run the country with a new baby. Judging from the terrible start this government had she hasnt been particularly fantastic running it pregnant.
    While we are worrying about health someone should have a look at Winstons capacity because his parliamentary slurring and hand shaking would have the sufferers of TDS going apoplectic with armchair diagnoses.

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    • lurcher1948

       /  January 22, 2018

      BRING BACK BILL,a born loser

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 22, 2018

        I don’t think that she is remarkable as a PM, so she is unlikely to suddenly become so.

        Saying that she is an example to women is very patronising to women.We don’t need ‘examples’. My great-aunts had careers-and didn’t need to be praised and encouraged as if they were children.

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        • Blazer

           /  January 22, 2018

          so you don’t think she is remarkable as P.M.Very good,at least you gave her some time before you came to that…conclusion!

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 22, 2018

            No, I didn’t, I have thought it all along-and said it. Don’t make statements that you can’t back up.

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    • Patzcuaro

       /  January 22, 2018

      @ David It wouldn’t surprise me if she was having difficulties conceiving so probably wasn’t on contraception.

      @Kitty Catkin give her a chance she has only been in the job for a couple of months, it is a bit early to right her off just yet.

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  3. Blazer

     /  January 22, 2018

    just about the whole shadow cabinet suffer from…selective…amnesia.

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  4. MaureenW

     /  January 22, 2018

    What a snooze-fest this topic is – makes me cringe. Just what New Zealand needs, a pregnant PM. Winston will be rubbing his hands together.

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  5. Sunny

     /  January 22, 2018

    “Ms Ardern (37) is demonstrating to women in New Zealand it is possible to have a top-flight career and still become a mother. Too often, we are told women hit a barrier in promotion or pay because they are expected to take time off work to have children” Ms Ardern is displaying nothing of the sort. She has yet to experience child birth or becoming a mother. It is easy to work while pregnant. But having a baby turns your body inside out, leaking from all parts of your body, flabby tummy, exhausted and sleepless.. Some cope better than others. Will she and the baby have a routine and have breastfeeding sorted before then, maybe but no guarantees. It will be easier to outsource care of the baby if it’s fed formula.
    Breastfeeding is the tricky bit timing wise. Breastfeeding a 6 week old baby (which is when ardern wants to return to work would involve around the clock feeding around 12 times a day. And then settling it back to sleep) And or pumping if you decide to miss a feed. Which is slow and doesn’t always work for everyone. Or post natal depression, or birth complications, or recovering from the surgery of caesarean. And carrying baby everywhere and all the gear. She’s planning to put the baby on the plane and fly with Clarke and baby on her overseas trips. Sounds great but the reality may be ear infections and screaming babies. The media and publics girl power comments about how easy it is to juggle and manage a new baby and career don’t give credit to the very real and demanding process of being a new mum. And might actually put more pressure and more stress on her. It may go smoothly. But it doesn’t always. It’s always amazing but it’s often really hard.

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  6. duperez

     /  January 22, 2018

    How come Ardern is the pregnant one and is supposed to get morning sickness and yet there are all these others spewing?

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  7. Corky

     /  January 22, 2018

    I want to run a sweepstake- how many times will we see shots of our PM’s stomach on the news before she delivers?

    I wonder if she will have a C- section? It’s so upper middle class. My guess is to keep the Greens happy she will have a natural delivery.

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    • Gezza

       /  January 22, 2018

      Why? Do most women having natural deliveries do it to keep The Greens happy?

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  8. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 22, 2018

    Adern sets a bad example of woolly thinking and pious aspirations:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11979828

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    • Gezza

       /  January 22, 2018

      If that’s a bad example, you should be looking for a good example of woolly thinking & pious aspirations.

      Bill English: The targets made the public service staff understand what they should be doing, who they were doing it for and what difference they made.

      “They don’t sit round in these endless processes of writing strategies and talking about high-level good intentions and wondering what they are there for.

      What about that one? Thinking about Mike King’s resignation from the government suicide prevention panel, for example, because their report to Coleman was basically repeating useless information that everybody already knows & contained nothing useful about doing anything to fix the problem.

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