Jacinda Ardern: Why her retirement isn’t a failure

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced her resignation. Our author thinks: The departure is the logical continuation of her policy. And not a sign of weakness – but of strength.

There was a time when women had to arm themselves with male attributes in order to gain power. Margaret Thatcher cracked down on England with an iron fist and appointed almost exclusively men to her cabinet. “Strong and stable” – that was also the motto of her later successor Theresa May, who clung to her position with a similar vehemence as her male predecessors. Angela Merkel also avoided admitting mistakes, superficially a box suit protected her from her gender becoming an issue.

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