Since he was appointed as Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has been winning hearts. He has often referred to himself as a feminist. During various occasions, he has clearly stated that gender equality is his priority.
Do you know, few years ago, he wrote an exclusive article on feminism for Marie Claire which went viral for all the right reasons. In this post, he said,
“Some of the most important work I do is not as a political leader, but as a parent. Every day, at home, I have the astonishing and humbling opportunity—together with my wife Sophie—to nurture empathy, compassion, self-love, and a keen sense of justice in our three kids.”
He mentioned how gender discrimination and gender inequality is still prevalent in our society. Talking about how it’s affected his family, he wrote,
“It is maddening to me that my brilliant, compassionate daughter will grow up in a world where, despite everything she is as a person, there will still be people who won’t take her voice seriously, who will write her off—simply because of her gender.”
He also mentioned, “The best thing we can do is to help Ella learn, unshakeably, that she is enough, exactly as she is. That she has immense power, and intrinsic worth, which no one can ever take away from her.”
On raising his sons, he gave a heartening reply that feminists have been advocating for years. He said, “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. 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.”
He also rightly said, “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.”
He ended his powerful piece by saying, “To raise our kids feminist is to recognize that they ALL have a part to play to build that world. To raise our kids feminist is to honour their future, because they have the responsibility—and the power—to shape it for the better.”
It is quite important that we our kids learn the true essence of feminism. We hope more parents would seek inspiration from Justin Turdeau and teach not only their daughters, but their sons about why equality between both genders is the need of the hour.