President Barack Obama Says, “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like”

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In June, WEA was honored to have our Leadership Board Member Pandora Thomas represent us at the #StateofWomen Summit in Washington, D.C., bringing our (and your!) voice to this historic gathering.

During the summit, President Obama made his now-famous declaration that, “I may have a few more grey hairs than I did 7 years ago, but this is what a feminist looks like.” Now, in an exclusive piece written for Glamour, he expands on that statement, diving into being a feminist, a father, and the President of the United States — and how it’s all interconnected.

Credit: Glamour
Credit: Glamour

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…

So we shouldn’t downplay how far we’ve come. That would do a disservice to all those who spent their lives fighting for justice. At the same time, there’s still a lot of work we need to do to improve the prospects of women and girls here and around the world. And while I’ll keep working on good policies—from equal pay for equal work to protecting reproductive rights—there are some changes that have nothing to do with passing new laws.

In fact, the most important change may be the toughest of all—and that’s changing ourselves.

Read the full article here.