Justin Trudeau's Essay on Raising His Kids to Be Feminists

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Trudeau ended the essay by saying, "To raise our kids feminist is to recognize that they ALL have a part to play to build that world". Trudeau, who has a daughter Ella-Grace Margaret Trudeau and two sons Xavier James Trudeau and Hadrien Trudeau with wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, recently wrote an essay in Marie Claire, in which he stressed on the importance of raising children as feminists irrespective of the gender.

"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.

"I was talking about teaching Ella that she can be anything she wants to be". In fact, after joining office in 2015, Trudeau had appointed a Cabinet that had equal representation by men and women.

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

Trudeau wrote that he wanted his sons to be "comfortable" with calling themselves feminists and to "escape the pressure to be a particular kind of masculine that is so damaging to men and to the people around them". "Sophie said, 'That's great, but how are you raising your sons to be strong advocates for women and girls, too?'" "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 writes.

But Trudeau says he worries about the "violence, discrimination and stereotypes" his daughter may encounter in a world where women still aren't treated as equals to men. "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".

At the end of the powerful essay, Trudeau explains how feminism will also teach his children to treat everyone around them with "respect and recognition", ultimately contributing to a better world. "To raise our kids feminist is to honor their future, because they have the responsibility - and the power - to shape it for the better", he says.