President Obama wrote an exclusive essay for Glamour magazine where he mentioned that is “absolutely men’s responsibility to fight sexism too.” He also mentioned that having strong relationships with women throughout his life has made him feel strongly about gender equality.
Obama also spent some time making sure to point out how far we’ve come with gender equality, but that there is a lot more work to be done.
“So we need to break through these limitations. We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure and our boys to be assertive, that criticizes our daughters for speaking out and our sons for shedding a tear. We need to keep changing the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality and rewards men for theirs.
“We need to keep changing the attitude that permits the routine harassment of women, whether they’re walking down the street or daring to go online. We need to keep changing the attitude that teaches men to feel threatened by the presence and success of women.”
He discussed the importance of everyone being involved in the process, and that ultimately it’s something good for everyone.
“That’s what twenty-first century feminism is about: the idea that when everybody is equal, we are all more free.”
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