Jacinda Ardern shuts down theories misogyny led to her quit as New Zealand Prime Minister 

Jacinda Ardern has denied that misogyny and the pressures of raising a family while being New Zealand’s Prime Minister were the reasons she stepped away from the top job.

Announcing her resignation after five-and-a-half-years on Thursday, Ms Ardern said she simply didn’t have enough left in the tank to give.

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, the co-leader of the Māori political party, Te Pāti Māori, had speculated that the PM had become burnt out by ‘personal attacks’ and ‘vilification’, mostly stemming from her strict Covid restrictions.

Meanwhile Kiwi actor Sam Neill said he wasn’t surprised someone at the receiving end of misogynistic comments, and attacks from ‘bullies’, wanted to step down.

One day after her shock announcement, Ms Ardern said women in leadership positions could enjoy having a family in a way they may have struggled to before in recent years.

‘Is there more work to do (for women in leadership)? Yes, but that was not the cause for my departure,’ she told reporters…

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