New Zealand’s new Labour leader, Jacinda Ardern, has said it is unacceptable that women face questions in the workplace over their motherhood plans after she was asked on TV about whether she wants to have children. Ardern, 37, was unanimously elected as leader of the party on Tuesday after Andrew Little stepped down less than two months before the election is due to be held. Little resigned citing three consecutive polls showing support for the opposition party at a disastrous 23-24% – the lowest approval rating in nearly 20 years. On Tuesday night, seven hours into her new job, Ardern appeared on TV show The Project and was asked by co-host Jesse Mulligan whether she planned to have children. “I’ve got a question and we’ve been discussing today whether or not I’m allowed to ask it,” said Mulligan glancing at his female co-host Kanoa Lloyd, who laughed uncomfortably and rolled her eyes. “A lot of women in New Zealand feel like they have to make a choice between having babies and having a career or continuing their career … so is that a decision you feel you have to make or that you feel you’ve already made?” In the past… Read full this story
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