"Feminism is not just the belief that men and women are equal. It's the knowledge that when we are all equal, all of us are more free."
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has written an essay for Marie Claire about how he and his wife Sophie believe that it's just as important to raise feminist boys as it is to raise feminist girls.
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Apparently, Justin was telling his daughter Ella that she can be anything she wants—that she has immense power, and intrinsic worth, and a strong voice, which she can use, and trust.
"That's great," Sophie told him. "But how are you raising your sons to be strong advocates for women and girls, too?'"
Good question, mama! We love the way she just threw down that gauntlet—and her husband was ready to tackle it head-on.
"Gender equality is not only an issue for women and girls," he wrote. "All of us benefit when women and girls have the same opportunities as men and boys—and it's on all of us to make that a reality. Our sons have the power and the responsibility to change our culture of sexism, and I want Xavier and Hadrien to understand that deeply."
He also, he continued, wants to help his sons grow into empathetic young adults who walk through the world with openness, love, and a fierce attachment to justice.
"I want my sons to escape the pressure to be a particular kind of masculine that is so damaging to men and to the people around them," he explained. "I want them to be comfortable being themselves, and being feminists—who stand up for what's right, and who can look themselves in the eye with pride. Feminism is not just the belief that men and women are equal. It's the knowledge that when we are all equal, all of us are more free."
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