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President Obama Wrote This Amazing Essay on Feminism

Aug. 4, 2016

It's his birthday but he got a gift for us

This is our president speaking:

…This is an extraordinary time to be a woman. 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.

Well, writing. President Obama wrote an essay for the new issue of Glamour magazine in which he declared himself a feminist and stated that the world his daughters were inheriting was one of opportunity. The article, which appeared online today and will run in Glamour’s September print issue, also touches on the President’s own relationship with masculinity as he grew up without a father and navigated the conflicting world of gender stereotypes: “It is absolutely men’s responsibility to fight sexism too,” he wrote.

Recently the White House hosted the first ever United States of Women summit, during which women convened to discuss everything from STEM to the pay gap to Boko Haram.

Obama writes in Glamour that he and First Lady Michelle Obama have always endeavored to raise their daughters away from the constraints of an unequal society, and that as we inch closer to a historic election, we have the chance to make a statement about what 21st century feminism will look like.