#ShesGotVERVE: Meet Jacinda Ardern, My New Crush

Did you know Jacinda Ardern was raised Mormon?

That the Mormon stance on same sex marriage was one of main reasons she ultimately broke away from the church?

That at 28 she joined  the House of Representatives as its youngest member?

That In her first speech she advocated for the Maori language to be required in NZ schools?       

That she reprimanded NZ government for its “shameful” handling of climate change concerns?

That in her victory speech she declared that her government was determined to be “Focused, empathetic and strong”.

That she was a well known DJ?

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That when asked (yet again) in an interview about whether she wanted children followed by implications that businesses were entitled to know she said:

“...it is totally unacceptable in 2017 to say that women should have to answer that question in the workplace. It is the woman’s decision about when they choose to have children. It should not predetermine whether or not they are given a job or have job opportunities.”

That she is only the second woman to give birth while holding a countries highest office?

That she took “the fastest six weeks” of her life for maternity leave?

That she’s the world youngest woman head of a government?  

That she recently declared that in 2020 NZ would be welcoming 500 more immigrants/refugees annually?

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That when her country and her citizens were the victims of a white supremist terrorist attack she said:

“We were not a target because we are a safe harbour for those who hate. We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we are an enclave for extremism. We were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things—because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it”

That just days after the attack she called unequivocally for revisions in NZ gun laws?

That she paid for the funerals of the victims?

That she’s vowed to halve child poverty in NZ in a decade?

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That she was the first woman head of government to bring her baby to the United Nations General Assembly?

That in her address to the assembly she called for swifter and more effective response to climate change, women’s equality and that kindness should be at the root of all action?

Be still my beating heart…..

Article by VERVE Founder & CFO (Chief Feminist Operative) Anna Quick-Palmer

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