(ed: this tale shows how one mark richardson must bow to the gods of unintended consequences..his words set off just what terrifies him..)
On the morning after Jacinda Ardern became the youngest leader in the history of New Zealand’s Labour Party and launched her uphill campaign to become the country’s next prime minister she was confronted with one of the most archaic complaints about women moving into positions of power.
On the nationally broadcast AM Show sports commentator Mark Richardson opined that New Zealanders had a right to know whether a contender for the country’s top job might become pregnant and take maternity leave.
‘If you are the employer of a company you need to know that type of thing from the woman you are employing’ Richardson said.
‘Is it OK for a PM to take maternity leave while in office?’
The 37-year-old Ardern told the show’s host Duncan Garner that she was willing to answer the question ‘because I opened myself up to it. But you…’ she added – pointing an admonishing finger at Richardson.
(ed: the above pic is ardern giving richardson ‘the finger’..)
‘It is totally unacceptable in 2017 to say that women should have to answer that question in the workplace’.
The exchange went viral as did Ardern’s fiery advocacy for gender equity in the New Zealand Parliament and on the campaign trail.
‘Jacindamania’ ensued as the Labour Party surged in the polls and thousands of volunteers—most of them women—signed up to support the campaign of the amateur DJ and former president of the International Union of Socialist Youth.
(ed: so well done..!..that mark richardson..for getting that ball rolling..eh..?
and funny story..richardson is a rabid rightwinger/wannabe-shock-jock (hence the/his stupid/reactionary question)…so the laws of schadenfreude must also kick in..with richardson the source of that guilty-pleasure..
how that all must irk/rankle with richardson..eh..?..never mind..!..)