Jacinda Ardern is a name that is known and loved globally. She first gained fame in 2017 after becoming the third female leader to govern New Zealand. At the age of 37, Ardern was popular among youth, because the youth felt like they finally had a leader that understood them and she also happen to be a former DJ and a lapsed Mormon, making her the closest thing to a ‘rockstar’ politician, as several newspapers have pointed out.
A year into her role in the office, Ardern also became the second woman to give birth in office. Not only was this a notable moment which created major speculation on her ability to carry out her role in the eyes of the world, but Ardern turned this milestone in her life into a teaching and inspirational moment for women all around the globe. In order to empower working moms, Jacinda and her fiance Gayford brought their three-month-old to the United Nations General Assembly.
Through out her leadership Jacinda has definitely set some examples of how a quality leader should take action in their role. Two of the most notable moments of her leadership were how her Government handled the COVID-19 pandemic as New Zealand enforced some of the strictest measures that the world saw, strongly managing to keep the country’s infection rate extremely low for a long time.
In addition to this, Ardern also showed up when her country needed her following the tragic terrorist shooting that occurred in Christchurch, which took the lives of 51 people. While such attacks have been on an increase around the globe in recent years, following the Christchurch shooting Ardern showed the world leaders that actions speak louder than words as the country tightened their gun laws in order to curb such devastating incidents from occurring in the future.
Ardern has definitely held popularity during her time in office, however, as of recently it appears that the popularity she held up at the start of her political career has been going down. Even with the support for her being very different from what it was in 2017, the world was shocked as Ardern announced her resignation from the post, right before the elections are to be held in New Zealand.
Announcing the end of her term by February 7, 2023, Ardern stated that she no longer has the capacity to carry out her duties to the fullest extent and that the decision was made on her own.
‘Leading a country is the most privileged job anyone could ever have, but also the most challenging. You cannot and should not do the job unless you have a full tank, plus a bit in reserve for those unplanned and unexpected challenges’ - Jacinda Ardern.
The end of her term comes as a shock to many, however, many see her political career as a success as Ardern has managed to uphold a good image in the public eye and gain popularity internationally for how she carried the country and her responsibility during her time in office.