In an op-ed published Thursday by Glamour, the President reiterated his commitment to gender equality, and explained why he proudly calls himself a feminist.
POTUS explained that it is “important” for his daughters Sasha and Malia to see their father (and president) as a supporter of the feminist movement, because “now that’s what they expect of all men.”
Speaking on how feminism impacts families, the President highlighted the positive effects that “dad feminism” has on their daughters — a theme that was heavily hit during Hillary Clinton‘s nomination at the Democratic National Convention.
Obama also explained that his feminist roots were firmly planted as he was raised by two strong women, his mother and his grandmother. He wrote:
“Now, the most important people in my life have always been women. I was raised by a single mom, who spent much of her career working to empower women in developing countries. I watched as my grandmother, who helped raise me, worked her way up at a bank only to hit a glass ceiling.”
And let’s not forget the strong woman he married Michelle Obama, who the prez said — like many other women — was given the disproportionate unfair “burden” of raising the family.
“I’ve seen how Michelle has balanced the demands of a busy career and raising a family. Like many working mothers, she worried about the expectations and judgments of how she should handle the trade-offs, knowing that few people would question my choices. And the reality was that when our girls were young, I was often away from home serving in the state legislature, while also juggling my teaching responsibilities as a law professor. I can look back now and see that, while I helped out, it was usually on my schedule and on my terms. The burden disproportionately and unfairly fell on Michelle.”
This statement echoed Obama’s earlier declaration of considering himself a feminist during a June summit at the White House, where he addressed gender inequality issues like equal pay and maternity leave.
We’re so proud to have a President who speaks openly about these historic issues! To read Obama’s full article, click HERE!
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