Obama wrote about being a feminist and his hopes for his daughters in an essay published Thursday in Glamour magazine.
The president reflected on the strides women have made in society: “One thing that makes me optimistic for [Sasha and Malia] is that this is an extraordinary time to be a woman.” Yet he also noted the discrimination women still face.
Being the father of two daughters led Obama to “become even more aware of how gender stereotypes pervade our society.”
“And yes, it’s important that their dad is a feminist, because now that’s what they expect of all men,” he continued.
“It is absolutely men’s responsibility to fight sexism too. And as spouses and partners and boyfriends, we need to work hard and be deliberate about creating truly equal relationships,” Obama advised.
“That’s what twenty-first century feminism is about: the idea that when everybody is equal, we are all more free.”
Read the full essay here.