“Jacinda Ardern Demonstrates the Power of Knowing When to Step Back – A Lesson US Politicians Should Learn”

Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. It was inevitable that someone was going to ask that most cliched of questions: ‘Can women have it all?’ Shortly after Jacinda Ardern’s shock resignation as New Zealand prime minister this week, the BBC tweeted out a story about Ardern balancing motherhood with politics, with a headline asking if women can really have it all. After being accused of “staggering sexism”, the BBC deleted the headline and apologised. Please, someone, ban that stupid phrase already! It is 2023! Ardern showed us all a powerful new model of leadership: one that treats empathy as a strength and prioritizes competence over confidence. She also showed us that true leadership means knowing when it’s time to pass the mic. Unfortunately, most lawmakers seem desperate to hold on to power for as long as possible, even if it’s not for the greater good. Meanwhile, Betteridge’s law states that any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no. But the Guardian piece on the queasy new dating show MILF Manor is an exception. In other news, the Taliban bought a ‘verified’ check mark on Twitter, Sierra Leone passed a landmark law on women’s rights, and the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is having a #MeToo moment. Finally, Netflix is threatening to crack down on password sharing.

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