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Tribute series/ Jacinda Ardern

When elected in 2017, Jacinda Ardem was only 37 years old, making her the youngest Prime Minister in the country in over 150 years. In just three years in office, her leadership has been praised by New Zealanders and internationally. Against Covid-19, for example, New Zealand was one of the first countries to close its borders in response to the global health threat and impose national lockdown after only 100 cases had been detected. A measure which, in March 2020, could be seen as rigid and hasty, plunging the country to a greater extent than any other nation. Following attacks on two mosques in Christchurch killing 50 people, it took just six days for Arden to announce an immediate plan to change national gun policy. Six days! According to David Seymour, one of his political opponents, Jacinda Ardern is "very good at sensing the mood of the public and spreading unifying messages." Her approach as a leader is full of compassion, optimism and charisma, which is her great strength. The New Zealand Prime Minister is also considered a feminist icon after speaking out on an interviewer asking if she planned to have children. “I decided to talk about it, it was my choice…, but for other women it is totally unacceptable in 2017 to say that women should have to answer that question in the workplace. It is the woman’s decision about when they choose to have children. It should not predetermine whether or not they are given a job or have job opportunities. " The Prime Minister gave birth to her first child in the summer of 2018, in office, taking only 6 weeks of maternity leave. Three months after giving birth, Jacinda Ardern showed up with her daughter and partner Clarke Gayford to a UN meeting in New York so that she could deliver her Nelson Mandela Peace Summit speech, while still being able to continue breastfeeding.

It is without a doubt her impeccable leadership, and her ability to combine family and professional life that we salute in this tribute the Prime Minister of New Zealand. She fully represents the women we dress and promote at Maison Marie Saint Pierre. If we had the privilege of dressing Jacinda Ardem, it’s definitely in one of our jackets that we would see her.

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Photo montage of Jacinda Ardem wearing the Sanute jacket, from the Summer 20 collection.