Yesterday, President Barack Obama wrote an amazing essay for Glamour Magazine titled “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like“. This came a few months after his wonderful remarks at the first White House Summit on the ‘United States of Women’. In his essay, he highlighted the importance of the father-daughter relationship in raising young women unafraid to speak up and be the best they can be.
As a parent, helping your kids to rise above these constraints is a constant learning process. Michelle and I have raised our daughters to speak up when they see a double standard or feel unfairly judged based on their gender or race—or when they notice that happening to someone else.
It’s important for them to see role models out in the world who climb to the highest levels of whatever field they choose. And yes, it’s important that their dad is a feminist, because now that’s what they expect of all men.
— Barack Obama