Justin Trudeau continues to give us reasons to love him. The Canadian prime minister is more than a heartthrob (although he’s def a heartthrob, no doubt about it). He’s a humble politician, a personable representative of the Canadian people, and a family man. He’s also a self-proclaimed feminist, whose staunch opinions on women’s rights and healthcare have made him an advocate for women worldwide.
On October 11, MarieClaire.com published a powerful essay by Trudeau titled, “Why I’m Raising My Kid to be Feminists.” In it, he mentions his daughter Ella Grace (8), and his sons Xavier (9) and Hadrien (3). He talks about how he and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau want to make sure they raise Ella a feminist, so she always remembers that “she has immense power, and intrinsic worth, which no one can take away from her.”
Trudeau also makes it a point to discuss how he and Sophie realize that it’s just as important to raise their sons as feminists too, because gender equality is human issue, not a women’s issue. They understand the power their sons have to change the “culture of sexism,” and they want them to understand it too. Furthermore, he dives into masculinity altogether, and about the role that they’re “expected” to play in society.
“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 wrote. “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.”
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This isn’t the first time., in September at the United Nations WE Day, he gave a powerful speech in which he proclaimed that men should all be feminists.
“How we treat our sisters, our girlfriends, our cousins, our mothers, and the world around us, matters! We need to take back what it is to be a man, and that means being open, compassionate, respectful and brave about standing up for it,” he said.
At the Women in the World stage of the Canada Summit in Toronto, he spoke on the importance of elevating women to positions of power.
“Men have an essential role to play in feminism, in equality, because like it or not, we have power that is unjustly given to us, that we need to use and put in service of leveling the playing field.”
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