US President Barack Obama calls himself feminist in birthday essay
Source: Indian Express
He is reportedly the first sitting US president to openly proclaim that he is a feminist. The 1500-word essay was widely praised in social media. Reviewing what have shaped his own feminism, Obama cited the hardworking of his mother and grandmother and the pressure on his wife Michelle to balance her career and parenting.
However, he weighed watching his daughters grow up as the strongest factor in shaping his thoughts about feminism. “When you’re the father of two daughters, you become even more aware of how gender stereotypes pervade our society,” he says. “You see the subtle and not-so-subtle social cues transmitted through culture. You feel the enormous pressure girls are under to look and behave and even think a certain way.”