Michelle Duff delves into Ardern’s beginnings in small-town New Zealand, discovering a nose-ringed teen fighting for equality and her own identity in a devout Mormon family. Duff tracks Ardern’s political career. In the aftermath of the mosque terror attack of 2019 in Christchurch, she has become a global icon for her strength and decisiveness while uniting a country in shock and mourning. She attracted international headlines for being the second world leader to give birth while in office. But why was having a baby so meaningful, and what does it say about the continued struggle for gender equality? Has Ardern really been a transcendent leader, and what enduring mark might she leave on the political landscape? This is an engrossing exploration of one of the most intriguing political stories of our time – telling us as much about a young woman’s ascendancy as it does about the country that elected her.