I'm a Kiwi living in London!
This morning I was messaging my pal in New Zealand, who mentioned the Labour Party has a new leader, Jacinda Ardern. She told me she is the youngest Labour Party leader, and she was thrilled to see a younger person taking on the role, instead of out of touch middle aged "dinosaurs" roaming the halls of parliament.
Of course I wanted to know more about her, and jumped onto google. To my disgust, the first article I come across. Unacceptable': New Zealand's Labour leader asked about baby plans seven hours into job
What! Is this what we have come to? This is totally outrageous! It's 2017, have we not moved on, have we not progressed? Why as women, do we constantly face these questions, my husband has never been asked if he will be taking paternity leave. This particular article referred to a radio interview on New Zealand's The AM Show, in which co-host Mark Richardson asked:
“If you are the employer of a company you need to know that type of thing from the woman you are employing, the question is, is it OK for a PM to take maternity leave while in office?”
Jacinta responded; "It is totally unacceptable in 2017 to say that women should have to answer that question in the workplace, it is unacceptable, it is unacceptable. It is a women’s decision about when they choose to have children and it should not predetermine whether or not they are given a job or have job opportunities.”