As soon as the news broke last Friday that there had been a tragic shooting at two separate New Zealand mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern jumped into action. The 37-year-old not only gave eloquent and inspiring speeches encouraging the community in the wake of the tragedy, but she personally took action. She visited memorials for those who had lost their lives and comforted their heartbroken family members. Ardern is now being praised globally for the compassion she exuded while dealing with the aftermath of the event, according to NDTV.
This isn't the first time Ardern has gained vast media attention. In June of 2018, she became a first-time mother to her daughter Neve. At the time, she was only the second world leader to give birth while in office, showing that it is possible to maintain a fast-paced career and be an active mother. As a political leader, she was known for being young, female, and progressive.
However, it could be argued that the events of last week could be the most challenging circumstance Ardern has faced thus far while in office. Yet, she has taken it all in stride truly proving herself as a strong and determined leader -- exactly what the nation needed.