Justin Trudeau writes essay on parenting for International Day of the Girl

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 12, 2017

Referring to a conversation with his wife about the importance of raising their daughter as a feminist, Mr Trudeau reveals it was his wife who reminded him of the importance of raising their sons as advocates for women as well.

In an important essay featured in Marie Claire, Justin Trudeau wrote about why and how he's raising his children to be feminists.

"Some of the most important work I do is not as a political leader, but as a parent", he writes in the essay, which has been shared widely since it was published on Wednesday.

Trudeau, who notably appointed a Cabinet with an equal number of men and women, says he tries to do his part to level the playing field for women.

"It's 2017, yet in Canada and around the world, women and girls still face violence, discrimination, stereotypes that limit them and unequal opportunities that keep them from achieving their dreams", he wrote.

"Why, every time I say I'm a feminist, does the Twitterverse explode?"

Speaking about his daughter, Trudeau wrote that he is proud of the way she is growing up "kind, super-smart, a passionate debater, open to the world around her", and yet he knows "there will still be people who won't take her voice seriously, who will write her off-simply because of her gender".

"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.

Feminism is not just the belief that men and women are equal. "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", he says.

'Our sons have the power and the responsibility to change our culture of sexism, and I want Xavier and Hadrien-when he's a little older-to understand that deeply, ' 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", he adds. "To raise our kids feminist is to honor their future, because they have the responsibility - and the power - to shape it for the better".

Trudeau went on to define feminism as "the knowledge that when we are all equal, all of us are more free", and a "relentless commitment to look for ourselves in each other, because that's how we start to build a world where everyone is treated with respect and recognition".

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