11 Feminist Political Leaders To Teach Your Kids About
There are plenty of ways to be a supermom. For starters, showing your kids leaders who practice what they preach and treat others equally is a great move. To help you with that, there are many feminist political leaders to teach your kids about.
Seeing these amazing political leaders in power, as they practice these values, will help teach your child what it means to be a feminist and how to put feminist values into practice. The most beautiful part about introducing your child to feminist leaders, is that the leaders aren't limited to females — there are male political leaders too. Additionally, the diversity of gender and race among the leaders will help make the sometimes confusing and misconceiving term of feminism easier for your kids to understand. And to be honest, it'll remind you what feminism is truly all about.
Teaching your kids about feminism is more important now than ever before. Given the political unrest in this country, you and your child are at a point where you need to see leaders support both sexes as a reminder that both men and women are capable human beings with brains. Here are just a few examples of feminist leaders to teach your kids about.
1. Sophie Walker
According to The Telegraph, Sophie Walker is the first leader of United Kingdom's Women's Equality Party. In an interview with the publication, Walker said a lifetime of experiences made her want to take on the role. She further noted that she was having the same conversations about being a woman with her friends that her mother was also having, and she didn't want her daughters to have the same conversations.
2. Hillary Clinton
As noted in The Atlantic (though you likely know), Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee in the 2016 election. Harper's Bazaar noted that Clinton was also the first female Senator from New York and the U.S. Secretary of State. Talk about girl power.
3. Justin Trudeau
According to The Huffington Post Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he'll call himself a feminist until there's no reaction to it. Props to him. Additionally, in an interview with Vox, Trudeau said he raises his children to know about women's rights, which is something you could practice too.
4. Manuela Carmena
According to Women In and Beyond The Global, Manuela Carmena is a feminist progressive leader of Madrid — the Spanish city where's she's the freakin' mayor. She has often spoken of women and the world as a whole, saying everyone should feel capable of influencing the world, according to Bloomberg.
5. Prince Harry
According to E! Online, Prince Harry gave a feminist speech during Nepal a conference in March 2016. The site further noted that Prince Harry said there are, "way too many" obstacles between girls and the opportunities they deserve. It's time to smash the glass ceilings and get ride of those obstacles.
6. Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile Michelle Bachelet celebrated International Women's Day as a leader of her country, according to the PanAm Post. During the celebration, Bachelet said:
We are getting our act together to ensure that women today, and especially girls today, will not have to wait a lifetime to live in a fairer world.
It's promising to see that support of feminism is a global phenomenon.
7. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first director of the ACLU's Women's Rights Project in 1972, according to the Jewish Women's Archive. The site further noted that she continues to work for women's and civil rights as the second female Associate Justice to be appointed in the Supreme Court.
8. Barack Obama
In his essay for Glamour, former President Barack Obama described what feminists look like — aka everyone. Obama further wrote about his daughters Malia and Sasha. "It’s important for them to see role models out in the world who climb to the highest levels of whatever field they choose," he wrote. "And yes, it’s important that their dad is a feminist, because now that’s what they expect of all men."
9. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her activism, according to Harper's Bazaar. She shared the prize with Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman for their "non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work."
10. Sonia Gandhi
According to The Economic Times, President of the Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi used International Women's Day for support of women's rights in 2016. The publication reported that Gandhi sought early passage of the Women Reservation Bill, which seeks to allow women to reserve 33 percent of seats in the lower house of the Indian Parliament.
11. Kevin de León
According to Marie Claire, California Senate President Kevin de León has made improvements for sexual harassment treatment. The publication noted that León and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson passed a bill that requires colleges and universities to improve treatment of sexual violence on campus, including increased prevention programming and victim confidentiality.