New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern is the strong, compassionate leader the world needs right now.

Jacinda Ardern is writing the playbook for stellar leadership following a mass murder in her country. New Zealand’s prime minister was unique in many ways before the Christchurch mosque shootings that killed 50 of her people. At 38 years old, Jacinda Ardern is one of the youngest heads of state in the world, and one of just two world leaders who have given birth while in office. She is a Mormon-turned-agnostic who ran a “relentlessly optimistic” campaign—her own words—and who found out she was pregnant only a month after being elected Prime Minister in 2017. Her meteoric rise to political power and popularity, dubbed “Jacindamania” by the media, put her under a pretty bright spotlight. She has solidly held her …

Dear North Carolina: Arming teachers with guns is a spectacularly bad idea.

North Carolina is proposing a law to allow teachers to carry guns in school. Here’s why that’s a horrible idea. Two bills have been filed in the North Carolina state legislature that would loosen gun restrictions in schools, allow teachers to carry guns, and even pay some teachers more for doing so. Both of the proposed laws would require training for those who want to carry guns. In the house bill, participating teachers and staff would have to complete 16 hours of active shooter training. The senate bill proposes having select teachers serve as secret “teacher resource officers” who carry firearms. The position would require Basic Law Enforcement Training, after which the teachers would be sworn in as law enforcement …

A mom left her baby at the airport, so the whole plane turned around to get her daughter.

Creative Commons/ If you have children and are upset with yourself for not being the perfect parent,  take comfort in knowing  that at least your vulnerable parenting moment didn’t make international news, like one mother who was recently separated from her baby. Before we blame the mother involved, it’s important to remember that Moms and Dads are human beings, too, and they are bound to forget to pick their child up from soccer practice at some point or forget about a date that means everything to their young child every now and then, no matter how mindful and caring they strive to be. While traveling from Saudi Arabia to Malaysia, a mother realized she left her baby at the terminal …

This British weatherman interrupted a live debate on crime with a point we all need to hear.

Alex Beresford just couldn’t stay silent while listening to a Good Morning Britain debate about knife crime in the UK. With an increase in knife attacks over the past few years, debates over how to handle knife crime in the United Kingdom are common. Similar to gang-related gun violence in the U.S., the majority of victims and perpetrators of such crimes are black youths living in urban areas. And also like gun violence debates in the U.S., such discussions are too often held without representation from the communities being debated. That fact compelled weatherman Alex Beresford to interject from off camera during a live Good Morning Britain debate on knife crime. Police Federation chair, John Apter, was in the middle …

Stephanie Flowers’ ‘stand your ground’ speech is fierce, raw, and sadly necessary.

Arkansas state senator Stephanie Flowers lit up the state legislature in a debate over “stand your ground” laws. Debates that involve guns tend to bring out people’s passions. But when you’re a mother of a black son debating a law that statistically makes it less likely for him to see justice if he’s killed, your passion may be stronger than most. State senator Stephanie Flowers shared her feelings in a legislative debate over Arkansas’ “stand your ground” laws, taking issue with the bill being rushed through without proper debate. “I’m the only person here of color,” she said. “I am a mother, too. And I care for my son as much as y’all care for y’all’s. But my son doesn’t …

A pregnant waitress was reduced to tears by an anonymous police officer’s stunning bill.

Courtney English via CBS Philly You rarely hear about a police officer making the news for doing his or her job. In the news, “if it bleeds it leads,” so most of the time we hear about officers there has been a terrible tragedy. That’s why this story out of New Jersey is so important. Courtney English, 23, is nearly eight months pregnant and works on her feet as a waitress at the Lamp Post Diner in Clementon, New Jersey. Although she is unmarried, her father says her boyfriend is supportive, and will play a part in the child’s life. However, making ends meet is a challenge for English and she intends to take six to eight weeks off work …

KFC demoted an employee for wanting to pump at work. She just won a $1.5 million lawsuit against them.

Women have been re-entering the workforce after giving birth for decades now. You would think that employers would know how to treat new moms back on the job, but apparently some people still have a lot of learning to do. When Autumn Lampkins was hired to be an assistant manager at a Delaware Kentucky Fried Chicken just months after giving birth, she was told her new job wouldn’t interfere with her need to pump breastmilk. Instead, it did nothing but interfere. Lampkins claimed the KFC outlet gave her a hard time for wanting (and let’s face it, needing) to pump breast milk during her working hours. Lampkins filed a lawsuit against her former employer, stating she was demoted over it. …