On Monday night, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made history again.
Ardern was already the youngest female prime minister of New Zealand and the second world leader to give birth in office. But earlier this week, she also became the first person to bring her baby to the United Nations general assembly meeting.
Her daughter, Neve Te Aroha, was born in June. Ardern took six weeks of maternity leave to take care of her. And since she’s still breastfeeding, baby Neve had to come along on her mom’s diplomacy tour.
If you weren’t already smiling from ear-to-ear thinking about a breastfeeding mother and her baby being together on one of the global stages, I’ve got a great additional detail about this first family: Ardern’s partner, Clarke Taylor, came along to take care of the baby. A supportive male caregiver? The world needs more of those.
Apparently, the baby was made an official UN pass. You can’t make this stuff up.
I think we can all officially say this was the cutest business trip of all time. But it was also a huge step for women’s equality. Women who feel supported as mothers in the workplace are more likely to stay in their careers. The more flexible, open workplaces we have, the better for women and their financial independence.
Prime Minister Ardern is blowing the glass ceiling open at a global level, and we couldn’t be more proud. Now, I just have to figure out a way to be as cool as her baby...