Have countries led by women coped better with Covid-19?
Female-led developed countries did not impose stricter conditions, but they may have better results on death rates
Eight months ago, the tooth fairy flitted into New Zealand politics.
During a national address, the country’s premier, Jacinda Ardern, declared that though she was placing the population into a tight lockdown to combat Covid-19, “we do consider both the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny to be essential workers”. The video of her speech went viral.
Was this just a piece of political theatre? Perhaps. But the humour, care and humanity it showed raise an intriguing question: have female leaders been better at rallying their voters to combat the pandemic than men?..