With the number of women in his life, President Obama is a crystal clear feminist.
On his birthday, 4th August 2016, Obama’s feminist essay could not show any clearer the president’s view on women empowerment.
The extensive essay titled ‘This Is What A Feminist Looks Like‘, started out with his experiences as the President of the United States.
He also mentioned the championed cause in equalizing both genders with regards to national workforce.
More importantly he addressed the uncompromising need it was for him to still be a good husband and father to his wife and kids. This is where he brings in his growing daughters into the picture.
Looking at Malia and Sasha, Obama stated his delight that the cause of women empowerment in the United States has been achieved to a great extent. Obama’s feminist essay suggests that stereotypes play a part in the way both men and women perceive themselves.
“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.”- Obama’s Feminist Essay
What can we say, with a brilliant and successful wife as Michelle, Obama may have formed his thoughts on women from personal experience. Recall also that he was raised by a single mother.
Obama’s feminist essay points to the fact that he is a part and parcel of the women in his life with regards to social and psychological struggles attached to being a woman in the modern time.
As an achievement overtime in the American government, Obama reveals that more women than men in the United States are financially independent. In his words, “this is an extraordinary time to be a woman”.