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Mama Making History

 

 

 

 

2nd *elected* world leader to give birth while in office returns to work.

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Timing Is Everything

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a girl named “Neve” on June 21.

June 21 would have been Pakistan’s late two-time Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s 65th birthday.

In 1990, Bhutto became the FIRST world leader to give birth in office (She was assassinated in 2007).

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“I am not the first woman to give birth.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took office in October 2017 and gave birth to her first child in late June with partner Clarke Gayford. She returned to work 6 weeks later.
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Paid Parental Leave Policies Abroad

  • Of the 193 UN countries, only the U.S., New Guinea, Suriname, & a few S. Pacific island nations lack a national paid parental leave law.
  • Last month, NZ increased its policy from 18 to 22 weeks.
  • In the UK, new parents get up to 39 weeks (nearly 10 months) of paid parental leave.
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In America, 10 women have given birth while in Congress. One of them, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), gave birth while serving in the House of Representatives and then became the FIRST woman to give birth while serving in the Senate.

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

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85 MILLION

Total number of American mothers as of last count.

“Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.”

Tina Fey
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SERENA

“Without fear, without doubt, without discomfort, what is there for a person to overcome?”

Serena Williams, in the premiere May 2 episode of "Being Serena," a five-part HBO docu-series about the athlete, entrepeneur, & philanthropist, and her journey into motherhood.
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Did You Know?

Serena, born the youngest of five girls, was raised in Compton, CA.

Trained by their dad, she & sister, Venus, grew up to be two of the greatest tennis players ever.

When Serena met her would-be husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, she’d never heard of Reddit & he’d never watched her play tennis.

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Some of Serena’s
Many Accomplishments

  • Countless wins include: 4 Olympic gold medals, 72 career singles titles, 23 doubles titles & 2 mixed doubles titles.
  • Earned $84M+ in prize money –  TWICE as much as any other female athlete.
  • After designing for Nike & HSN, she is launching her own fashion line on May 20th.
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What's next for this #PowerMOM besides scoring her 24th & 25th Grand Slam title? BTW she scored her 23rd while pregnant! Serena recently told VOGUE: “Becoming a multi-mom. I have some records I want to break, but having more kids is my goal.” Read more here:

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“When I stay mentally strong, I can get through anything. Or anyone.”

Michelle Waterson aka "The Karate Hottie" after her UFC victory Saturday, April 14, 2018. P.S. She says her warrior instinct was birthed with her child.
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Michelle Waterson

  • Started practicing martial arts at age 10.
  • Thai heritage led to her discovering Muay Thai (aka Thai boxing).
  • Says childbirth is more painful than anything she’s experienced in the ring.
  • Daughter, Araya (8) has come to all her fights.
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“For a long time, I was embarrassed about my stretch marks. Now I embrace them, because for me it was like this nest that I created to grow this little human in my body, and I’m proud of that.”

Michelle Waterson to ESPN, July 5, 2017.
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Michelle was working at "Hooters" in college when she decided that she wanted to try MMA fighting after being a "ring girl" for extra $$.

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