Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, fielded questions about plans for a family within just hours of being elected leader of New Zealand’s Labour Party in August. In October, Ardern became New Zealand’s youngest prime minister in more than a century. And on Friday, she announced that she would be taking on another role — that of a mother.
As this Washington Post article reports, Ardern and her partner, Clarke Gayford, are expecting their first child in June.
“I am not the first woman to multitask. I am not the first woman to work and have a baby,” Ardern said in a news conference Friday. “We are going to make this work, and New Zealand is going to help us raise our first child.”
Now, she wrote in a social media post, the couple will be “joining the many parents out there who wear two hats. I’ll be Prime Minister AND a mum, and Clarke will be ‘first man of fishing’ and stay at home dad.” He is the host of a television show about fishing. Asked whether the couple planned on getting married, Gayford said, “I like the idea that we’re doing everything in reverse.”
Ardern said that her pregnancy would not get in the way of her leadership and her goals for the country.
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