Read President Obama's Open Letter On Feminism

Read President Obama's Open Letter On Feminism

The President talk feminism, equality and family in a new essay

The President talk feminism, equality and family in a new essay

Text: Jillian Selzer

For some, Feminism can be a hard pill to swallow. It can be messy, complicated and a grey area–but it shouldn't have to be. And President Obama is helping re-write the narrative. In an open letter printed in Glamour Magazine, the president talks family values and the importance of changing cultural stereotypes to equalize women in all aspects of life. As his final term comes to close, President Obama doesn't waver in his fight for gender equality. He addresses the past, present, and future in a candid and impactful way to further propel America's progress in reformation.

He begins his essay with a nod to the significant headway we've made in past decades since suffrage emerged at the forefront of American politics, while reiterating his position that the presidency and Feminism are not mutually exclusive. He states, "The progress we’ve made in the past 100 years, 50 years, and, yes, even the past eight years has made life significantly better for my daughters than it was for my grandmothers. And I say that not just as President but also as a feminist."

As the first commander-in-chief to officially state while holding executive office that he is, in fact, a feminist, it's nice to see him maintain his firm support of the title. Another significant aspect of the letter is his dedication to instilling those same values of equality in his children, 18-year-old Malia and 15-year-old Sasha. To dispel the notion that it's only a mother's job to preach gender equality, Obama rebuts with the declaration, "And yes, it’s important that their dad is a feminist, because now that’s what they expect of all men."

The letter ends with a call to action we can all get behind: "I want all of our daughters and sons to see that this, too, is their inheritance. I want them to know that it’s never been just about the Benjamins; it’s about the Tubmans too. And I want them to help do their part to ensure that America is a place where every single child can make of her life what she will. That’s what twenty-first century feminism is about: the idea that when everybody is equal, we are all more free."

While Obama certainly isn't the first president to fight for gender equality (cc: Jimmy Carter and John F. Kennedy, among others), his consistent and aggressive fight for equality is one to envy. Read the letter in its entirety on Glamour's visit site.

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