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While most of the world’s government institutions scoured for solutions to contain the virus during this global health crisis, New Zealand managed to defy the odds by being one of the first countries to declare zero active COVID-19 cases. It was a monumental accomplishment worldwide, placing New Zealand at a high pedestal for everyone to marvel and follow suit. What made this achievement even more exciting was that such a massive upturn was drawn possible by a woman-led government. The astonishing figure who has become an inspiration during the COVID-19 pandemic is 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern.
Jacinda Ardern is the third female prime minister of New Zealand who has taken center stage for her colossal contributions during these trying times. She did not only possess the unrelenting ability to contain the virus in New Zealand, but this political powerhouse managed to propel the country’s return to its original state. Her efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic have earned countless praises from established authorities across the world, cementing her reputable standing as a prime minister. Ardern currently stands as a source of motivation for numerous leaders and peers across continents.
Hailing from the majestic hillsides of Waikato, New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern had always shown a promising disposition ever since she witnessed poverty at a young age. With a career law enforcement officer turned high commissioner as a father, it sparked Ardern’s interest to enter politics. When this multifaceted personality studied communication studies at the University of Waikato, she began associating herself with political parties, eventually landing her a spot in the Labour Party at 17. After she completed her degree, Ardern became a researcher for the party, which led her to work as a staff for Prime Minister Helen Clark, the second woman to hold New Zealand’s highest government position and Ardern’s first mentor.
Throughout the early years of her political career, Jacinda Ardern was able to gather much experience both in New Zealand and abroad. When she went to Britain in 2005, Ardern worked as an associate director for Better Regulation Executive for two and a half years in the cabinet office of British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In 2007, Ardern was elected as president of the International Union of Socialist Youth, which allowed her to travel across the world.
Ever since she began carving her career, Jacinda Ardern had long been identified as an emerging powerhouse in New Zealand politics. Although she lost a few times to another candidate, Ardern still managed to cement her reputation in Parliament, propelling her name across many leaders and communities. As a result, Ardern led the Labour Party to victory in October 2020, gaining 50% of the votes and 65 out of 120 seats in the House of Representatives.
Her incredible track record speaks for itself. From working as a staff for notable figures to leading the Labour Party, Jacinda Ardern has proven herself worthy of her sterling reputation across the world. She has shown passion and dedication over the years, leading New Zealand to successfully handle the crisis on its own. As Ardern continues to lead the country, she inspires many aspirants to carve a path filled with an unrelenting spirit to serve.