Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau Opens Up About Feminism

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In an interview with Marie Claire, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, discusses his role as political leader. His team seeks to make their country “more open, more inclusive, more just – and gender equal.” Trudeau mostly speaks, however, about his role as a parent – specifically the pride he has in his daughter, Ella-Grace.

He speaks of the violence, discrimination, and the stereotypes women and girls face in 2017 that prevent them from achieving equal opportunities and dreams. Regarding how he and his wife Sophie raise their daughter, Trudeau states:

So 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. That she has a strong voice, which she can use, and trust.

He also states the importance of raising his sons Xavier and Hadrien as feminists:

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.

Trudeau does not believe that world exists. At least not yet. It’s the way he wants the world to live – raising children to honor feminism and in turn, “shape it for the better.”

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