'Peace and goodness'

Jacinda Ardern praised by women leaders of every type at Women in the World Summit

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attends a news conference after meeting with first responders who were at the scene of the Christchurch mosque shooting, in Christchurch, New Zealand March 20, 2019. (REUTERS/Edgar Su)

Exactly one month after a hate-fueled rampage left 50 dead at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the 10th annual Women in the World Summit came to a close. Over the course of the three-day event, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who led her country through the crisis with clear-eyed compassion and resolve, was hailed from the stage by speaker after speaker.

“I think that that was as strong a signal as we could get that given the chance, many women will govern and lead differently,” said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of Ardern’s response to the attacks.

Anna WIntour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, echoed that sentiment. “I think when we look at the terrifying issues we have in this country, and obviously many other countries, on gun control, and how brilliantly and directly and emotionally she dealt with the tragedy in New Zealand, and how swiftly they moved to correct the situation… it is astonishing to me that we cannot pass the simplest correction in this country.”

And Oprah Winfrey remarked that she had “never seen such leadership” as displayed by New Zealand’s prime minister.

“Jacinda Ardern projected peace and goodness,” she said, “and the Arab world projected it right back for all of us to take in.”

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