Jacinda Ardern, 37, caps meteoric rise by becoming New Zealand’s prime minister

Leader of the Labour party Jacinda Ardern speaks at a press conference at Parliament in Wellington on October 19, 2017. (MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)

Jacinda Ardern will become New Zealand’s third-ever female prime minister, and, at 37 years old, the second-youngest P.M. in the country’s history, after the anti-immigration NZ First party announced that it would form a coalition government with the Labour leader. Since becoming leader of the Labour party three months ago, Ardern, a former DJ and lapsed Mormon, had energized a rapid surge in the party’s popularity that supporters began referring to as “Jacindamania.”

Not all the attention was positive. During the campaign, Ardern faced multiple questions from interviewers who insisted that her political ambitions meant that the public “[needed] to know” if she ever planned on having children. In one instance, Ardern famously called out an interviewer, telling him that “it is totally unacceptable in 2017 to say that women should have to answer that question in the workplace.” Ardern had also admitted to “anger and disappointment” over repeated claims from opposition media that she was a “show pony” chosen solely for her “looks.”

Watch video of Ardern speaking about her victory below.

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