Potential British prime minister suggests motherhood makes her a better candidate

Andrea Leadsom
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The race to be the next British prime minister has come down to two candidates, Andrea Leadsom and Theresa May, both members of the Conservative Party. Now, Leadsom has stirred up controversy by arguing motherhood makes her the better choice.

"I am sure [May] will be really sad she doesn't have children so I don't want this to be 'Andrea has children, Theresa hasn't' because I think that would be really horrible," Leadsom said. "But genuinely I feel being a mum means you have a very real stake in the future of our country, a tangible stake. She possibly has nieces, nephews, lots of people. But I have children who are going to have children who will directly be a part of what happens next."

After coming under criticism for her remarks, Leadsom backtracked Saturday, saying "everyone has an equal stake in our society."

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Bonnie Kristian

Bonnie Kristian was a deputy editor and acting editor-in-chief of TheWeek.com. She is a columnist at Christianity Today and author of Untrustworthy: The Knowledge Crisis Breaking Our Brains, Polluting Our Politics, and Corrupting Christian Community (forthcoming 2022) and A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What It Means to Follow Jesus Today (2018). Her writing has also appeared at Time Magazine, CNN, USA Today, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, and The American Conservative, among other outlets.