Reading the paper and watching the TV news today, it would seem it is no longer “a man’s world”. Change is in the air.
As we’re all aware, one male public figure after another has fallen under the weight of a barrage of claims of sexual abuses of one sort or another. The floodgates have opened and there is no stemming the flood of allegations. In synch with this, women are seen to be taking the leading roles both on the screens large and small, and in the world of politics. Nowhere more so perhaps than here in New Zealand, where a gobsmacked media is buzzing with the unexpected news of an expectant Jacinda Ardern, our new Labour (!) Prime Minister.
The timing is extraordinary. As extraordinary as Ardern’s rise to power. A last minute change from former labour Leader Andrew Little, with the General Elections looming, saw Ardern’s new approach and carefully cultivated “young and vibrant” image (in keeping with Labour/Progressive Alliance’s focus on youth) turning around the ailing political party’s fortunes, although it took an alliance with Winston Peters of NZ First to take the lead.
“Mr Peters will step in as acting Prime Minister for six weeks while Ms Ardern takes leave when the baby is expected in June. However the prospect is concerning for many New Zealanders.
Ms Ardern says she found out her pregancy on October 13, during coalition talks with Winston Peters – and it played on her mind during the negotiations.
“People will probably look at the timing,” she says. She then told Mr Peters before making her public pregnancy announcement.”
Unknown to anyone except Ardern and her husband, and to their apparent mutual surprise, Ardern became pregnant almost simultaneously with her taking the prime minister’s role.
I’m the sort of person who does not believe in “just coincidence”. I think there is a reason for every event and a synchronicity of events, whether orchestrated by human agency or by powers beyond our understanding.
Perhaps this is all part of planned and controlled agenda, or perhaps it is just time for the sun to set on the “man’s world”. I would like to think an age of genuine equality is rising. But then, I’m always suspicious and see “plans within plans”, as author Frank Herbert would say.
I have no crystal ball and no answers, but I’m always interested in what others have to say.
Are we seeing the dawn of a more equal society, or a female dominated future, or is this somehow part of an LBGT agenda? where is this going? It’s already a very interesting year and it’s barely gotten started!