The 19th September marks the 124th anniversary of women having the right to vote in New Zealand. As the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote, New Zealand has a proud record of women’s rights.
The gender pay gap in New Zealand is 9.4 per cent. That is completely unacceptable, but far better than the 15.3 per cent pay gap experienced by women in Australia today.
But even the country that has led the world in women’s rights has a long way to go. New Zealand has already had two female Prime Ministers. But when Jacinda Ardern became Labour Opposition Leader on 1 August 2017 it took less than 24 hours for her to be questioned about her plans for parenthood.
Jacinda reacted to the question with the grace and eloquence you would expect of an extremely capable woman accustomed to the reality of gender inequality.
I have met Jacinda Ardern a couple of times and she is a very committed and impressive politician.
I hope that Jacinda Ardern can be the catalyst to reduce gender inequality in New Zealand and around the world.
I hope that Jacinda Ardern will be the next Prime Minister of New Zealand.