Quite unsurprisingly given how amazing she is, Jacinda Arden has won a landslide victory in the New Zealand general election, starting her second term as Prime Minister by forming the country’s first majority government in 20 years.
With the Labour Party winning 64 of 120 seats in parliament, it’s their best performance in more than 50 years. Naturally then, everyone is celebrating by revisiting exactly why she’s won over the public so well with her best speeches and quotes. That’s right, ‘Jacinda Ardern best quotes’ was so highly googled this week, it’s become a breakout search term.
Which is why we’ve decided to cut your time in half and provide them all for you here, picking out the most inspirational quotes from all her best speeches so you can not only be reminded of her greatness, but share her power on Instagram too – as is the 2020 celebratory norm. If you didn’t post a quote on Instagram, did you even vote, right?
‘If you sit and wait to feel like you are the most confident person in the room, you are probably going to be left by yourself.’ Forbes, 2017.
On female guilt
‘I do find it difficult. I go through the exact same emotion any other parent does when I’m away from her for a period of time… The guilt of whether or not I’m a good enough daughter, sister, partner, mother – show me a woman who doesn’t.’ Victoria Derbyshire, 2019.
On being a working mum
‘I am not the first woman to multitask. I am not the first woman to work and have a baby – there are many women who have done this before.’ TVNZ, 2018.
On having a daughter
‘I hope that she doesn’t feel any limitations. That she doesn’t have any sense of what girls can or can’t do. That it’s just not even a concept for her.’ NEXT magazine, 2019.
On aiming high
‘Never feel like you have to tick all of the boxes on everything to be able to feel like you can do a job. I have heard it said many times before, and it is so true.’ Forbes, 2017.
‘Even the ugliest of viruses can exist in places they are not welcome. Racism exists, but it is not welcome here. Because we are not immune to the viruses of hate, of fear, of other. We never have been. But we can be the nation that discovers the cure.’ National Remembrance Service, 2019
‘To me, leadership is not about necessarily being the loudest in the room, but instead being the bridge, or the thing that is missing in the discussion and trying to build a consensus from there.’ Newshub, 2019
‘One of the criticisms I’ve faced over the years is that I’m not aggressive enough or assertive enough, or maybe somehow, because I’m empathetic, it means I’m weak. I totally rebel against that. I refuse to believe that you cannot be both compassionate and strong.’ NY Times, 2018.
‘Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the man who took them. He may seek notoriety but we will give him nothing, not even his name.’ New Zealand Parliament.
On leaving Mormonism in support of LGBT rights
‘For a lot of years I put it to the back of my mind. I think it was too unsettling… I lived in a flat with three gay friends and I remember going to church and thinking – I’m either doing a disservice to the church or my friends. How could I subscribe to a religion that didn’t account for them?’ New Zealand Herald, 2017
‘Capitalism has failed our people. If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive, that’s a blatant failure. What else could you describe it as?’ The Nation, 2017