Have countries led by women coped better with Covid-19?

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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

Gillian Tett

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?..

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