Our imaginary boyfriend, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has provedyet again that he’s basically the definition of #dadgoals. In an essay for Marie Claire, the politician explained why raising feminist boys is just as important as raising feminist girls.
“Gender equality is not only an issue for women and girls. 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 wrote.
The father of three—Xavier (9), Ella-Grace (8) and Hadrien (3)—said it was “maddening” that his “brilliant, compassionate daughter” will face obstacles just because of her gender. But it wasn’t until he was talking with his wife, philanthropist Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, about teaching Ella that she can be anything she wants to be that he realized the importance of teaching his sons about feminism as well.
“Sophie said, ‘That’s great, but how are you raising your sons to be strong advocates for women and girls, too?’” he wrote.
Trudeau explained that gender equality doesn’t just allow women to fulfill their potential, but it’s also important that men reject harmful male stereotypes.
“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. “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.”