New Zealand Prime Minister Will Be The World's First Elected Leader To Go On Maternity Leave

"I don't want to ever give the impression that I'm some kind of wonder woman."

It's hard to believe it's 2018 and a professional woman going on maternity leave is shocking to some. Sure, it's Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, who will be the first elected female leader of a country to take leave, but it isn't all that big a deal. Or is it?

"I don't want to ever give the impression that I'm some kind of wonder woman," Ardern, who is also the youngest woman ever elected to lead a country at 37, said to NBC News. "Or that women should be expected to do everything because I am. I'm not doing everything."

Ardern's longtime partner, Clarke Gayford, host of popular fishing show Fish of the Day, plans to be a stay-at-home dad. The couple made a "deliberate decision" not to marry yet.


"It sounds terrible, because we're very committed to each other," Ardern explained. "[Marriage is] just not something we've really gotten around to."

Becoming a mother is something Ardern looks forward to, and she says that it's also an extension of the work she's already doing and loving.

She added, "My whole reason for getting into politics was because I had this strong duty to care for other people."

Ardern has already become a legendary figure to the children of New Zealand.

"If they see a woman in a job like this and it has an effect," she said, "then that's wonderful."  

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(H/T: NBC)


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