New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced she is pregnant with her first child, prompting an outpouring of support from women’s rights groups and labour activists as she declared “I’ll be a prime minister and a mum”.
Ardern said she planned to work until the end of her pregnancy in June and then take six-weeks leave, during which time Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters would run the country.
Speaking to reporters outside her Auckland home, Ardern said her partner Clarke Gayford would care for the “surprise” addition full-time and that the whole family would travel together when necessary.
I am not the first woman to work and have a baby. I know these are special circumstances but there are many women who have done it well before I have.”
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern