This week, leaders from one hundred and ninety-three sovereign nations—along with a three-month old baby!—attended the UN General Assembly in New York. Wait, did we just say a “three-month old baby”? Yep, we sure did! Three-month old Neve, the daughter of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, made history by being the youngest person to ever attend the UN General Assembly, an annual meeting where members of the UN meet to discuss things like global peace, security, and budgets.
While Prime Minister Ardern needs to carry out her official duties as the leader of New Zealand, she’s also a mom and needs to do things like nurse her baby. What can you do when you’re responsible for both your country and your baby? Bring your baby to work, of course! But all kidding aside, Prime Minister Ardern’s seemingly simple act of bringing her baby to work did in fact make a very big statement. Why? Well, let’s see … how many working moms do you know whose company allows them to take their babies to work? We’re willing to bet not too many. Prime Minister Ardern said that it took a lot of special circumstances and people to make this work trip with her baby girl happen, but that she hopes that one day these efforts aren’t the exception and rather the norm for moms who want both a career and a family.
What could governments and companies do to support women who want both a career and a family?