The gendered dimensions of political leadership during the Covid-19 crisis has achieved global proportions, with headlines claiming that women are doing things differently, and with better results. Much of this is assertion, given Vietnam and Georgia, amongst other countries with male leaders, have also seen successful containment. We have also witnessed some pushback against the policy decisions taken by Belgian prime minister Sophie Wilmès.
Nevertheless, the novelty of women political leaders remains newsworthy, and the media’s go-to international “face’” of those women who have managed this crisis exceptionally wellis Jacinda Ardern.
The story of Ardern’s rise and rise is well known around the world. From her “Borgen” moment post-2017 election, securing government after coming through from second place to form an unlikely three-way partnership; to having a baby in office and responding to the Christchurch massacre with words of kindness and resolute determination, hers was deemed a new style of leadership.
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