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Michelle Duff: Jacinda Ardern had a baby, and we should all be proud

That reason is this; because it's momentous. Because the fact we have a woman leader who is also a new mother is groundbreaking, and it's something we should all be incredibly proud of.

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Ardern is the second elected prime minister in history to give birth while in office, and the first in 30 years. She will be the first ever to take maternity leave, which in New Zealand will soon be 26 paid weeks. (Ardern will take six.)

Let's just take a moment to appreciate that we, as a nation, have pushed the boundaries and created an environment where this can happen. That's 4.2 million godparents for you, little pēpi.

As for why it matters; here's the short version. Ingrained societal norms would have us all squeeze into "woman" or "man" shaped boxes, filled with activities, colours, books, clothes, toys, jobs and sports that align with these very binary definitions of gender. Girls wear pink and play with dolls, boys like blue and trucks.