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BBC apologizes for sexist headline on Jacinda Ardern’s resignation

BBC apologizes for sexist headline on Jacinda Ardern's resignation

Yesterday Jacinda Ardern resigned as Prime Minister of New Zealand.


The BBC conceded on Friday that it was wrong to write about Jacinda Ardern’s shock resignation as Prime Minister of New Zealand with the headline: ‘Can women have it all?’

The since-deleted headline was posted on Twitter on Thursday with a link to an article from BBC World, the British broadcaster’s global newsroom.

Angry commentators objected to BBC headlines’ gender-neutral coverage of BBC politicians, including three-time married and father-of-seven Boris Johnson, who quit as UK Prime Minister l ‘last year.

One called it “staggering sexism” while others accused the BBC of “misogyny”.

The title was later changed to read, “Departure Reveals Unique Pressures on PM.” The story mentioned Ardern’s life as a working mother of a small child.

“We quickly recognized that the original title was not suitable for the story and have edited it accordingly. We have also removed the associated tweet,” a BBC spokesperson told AFP.

Ardern, 42 – who has led New Zealand through natural disasters, the Covid pandemic and its worst ever terror attack – said she had “not enough in the tank”.

Although Ardern wasn’t shy about discussing the constraints of the office, she was quick to shoot down gender issues.

In November, during a joint press conference with her Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin, a male journalist asked them if they were meeting because they were “the same age and had a lot in common there”.

Referring to former US and New Zealand leaders, Ardern asked “if anyone ever asked Barack Obama and John Key if they met because they were the same age?”

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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