Why can't Jacinda Ardern juggle work and parenthood? I did
I'm a 36-year-old mum of two kids, aged 5 and 2. I'm also an architect and director (one of seven) of a company that employs around 115 people.
I became a director of the company two years ago, just after coming back from six months maternity leave after having my second child.
I had worked for the company for six years prior to being appointed as a director, and have only ever felt supported by management in my decision to work full-time in a high pressure role and be a mum.
The company worked around the timing of my maternity leave and also made arrangements for a private space for me to pump while I was still breastfeeding my first child.
My role works for my family as I have a very supportive husband who works full-time, although less hours than I do, and is able to take on the lion's share of housework and cooking.
I definitely get a lot of questions and comments from well-meaning people, the most common being: "how do you manage working such long hours and being a mum?"
I have to say, I do get a bit frustrated seeing as my male colleagues never get asked the same question. However, I try to remember that most people making these comments don't mean to be offensive or sexist - they're usually expressing admiration for the fact that I manage to do both.
I don't believe we have any right to know Jacinda Ardern's parenthood plans, they are none of our business.
It would be refreshing to see a strong, intelligent, female Prime Minister successfully run the country whilst pregnant and bringing up children. I see absolutely no reason why she couldn't do that if that's what she wants.
- Stuff Nation