The moment Amy Adams enters the National Party leadership race

Ms Adams says it's her "ambition and goal" to win the 2020 election. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: The moment Amy Adams confirms she's running for National Party leader

Amy Adams has put her name forward to contest the National Party leadership.

Ms Adams is the MP for Selwyn and is the former Justice Minister. She made her leadership bid announcement in Wellington today.

Ms Adams says she has the backing needed to become the new leader.

"My support base has continued to grow and I have had so many messages today urging me to run," she says.

"It is my ambition and goal that if I am leader we will win in 2020."

Ms Adams says she will adopt her "own style" and "play with a straight bat" if she becomes National's leader and says her "integrity means a tremendous amount" to her.

Simon Bridges and Judith Collins are the other two MPs to put their names names forward for the party's leadership.

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Ms Adams says it's her "ambition and goal" to win the 2020 election. Source: 1 NEWS

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Opinion: Put aside talk about Judith Collins' hair and Amy Adams' jacket - National's leadership race isn't a beauty contest

The truth about Judith Collins and Paula Bennett's hair?

Judith Collins and Amy Adams.
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The truth is the contest to be National's leader is not a beauty parade.

Judith Collins on why she wants National's top spot. Source: 1 NEWS

And the really ugly truth is the moment you start talking about a female politician's appearance, you diminish her power, her value and her contributions.

How much does Paula Bennett weigh now? Why have she and Judith Collins changed their hairstyle? Where did Amy Adams get her jacket?

Do the answers to these questions help you decide who is the best person to lead National? Of course not.

Ms Adams says it's her "ambition and goal" to win the 2020 election. Source: 1 NEWS

But, when you bring up a woman's hairstyle, her shoes or even whether she "looks a bit tired" you invite contrary or concordant opinions.

Before you know it, assessing her attractiveness becomes the lens through which she is viewed. It becomes the prevailing narrative.

It's 2018. We've had three female PMs and countless competent ministers. How is it that female politicians are still judged in stereotypes? As ball-busting dominatrices, too light-weight or too emotional?

The former deputy PM said she’s not an expert on the topic, but sympathises with those who cannot afford the surgery. Source: 1 NEWS

Last year a UK charity – Girlguiding – found sexist media coverage was putting young women off going into politics.

A 2013 US study found there was a 7-8 per cent drop in vote share when respondents were shown material (positive or negative) focusing on a candidate's appearance.

The incessant objectification of women is hurting female politicians and side-lining young women from the conversation.

Women now make up 38 per cent of Parliament. There are already enough barriers to women in politics – we need to stop demeaning female candidates by treating them differently from their male colleagues.