"Handling it," is just the beginning of the way Scandal star and all around goddess Kerry Washington takes on life. Not only is the actress incredibly successful in her professional life, Washington is also a wife, mother of two, and feminist spokesperson who has no time for anyone's misogynistic comments or actions. And like her endorsement of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, Washington hasn't shied away from sharing her opinions. As a mom to young girl, Kerry Washington's feminist parenting quotes are especially poignant, powerful, and passionate.
Washington gave birth to daughter Isabelle Amarachi in April 2014, and more recently had her son, Caleb Kelechi Asomugha, in October 2016. She and husband Nnamdi Asomugha have made it a priority to raise their children with an emphasis on equality, kindness, and love. And despite the current political climate, it's clear that Washington is not only setting a positive example for her kids, but is also living her wisdom. Whether she's leading feminist rally cries at the Women's March in Los Angeles, wearing red to support the national Day Without Women, or just sharing sweet anecdotes about her kids, Washington is clearly crushing the mom game.
Here are some of her best feminist quotes on parenthood, to get you inspired and fired up:
How Playing Olivia Pope Inspired Her Parenting
In a 2016 interview with Elle, Washington spoke about how her character on Scandal showed her the power of parenthood, and of personal choice.
When She Spoke About Having A Voice
Clearly, Isabelle and Clay will grow up knowing that their voices matter, with a mom like Washington by their sides. At the Women's March in Los Angeles, Washington spoke to the power of standing up for what you believe in.
When She Remembered To Pace Herself
In an interview with Glamour this year, Washington spoke to the key aspect of her badass feminist parenting: rest. Obviously, Washington works extremely hard, but she remembers that her children need her to be present — and the notion of the "martyr mom" is pretty antiquated anyway. No?
When She Spoke About Raising Her Equally Badass Daughter
In a sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, Washington described the close relationship she has with her daughter, saying she's "not her headmistresses," but rather an "ambassador." She even said that she's content to stand to the side and let her daughter be herself. "You do you," she said.
When Winfrey asked Washington about the greatest impact her daughter has had on her life, Washington responded with a simple answer, hand clutched to her heart: "She's my teacher."
When She Ended An Interview With A Rallying Cry
At the end of her recent interview with Glamour, Washington emphasized the kind of world she wants to live in, and one she wants her children to grow up in:
Kerry Washington may play a kickass working woman on TV — but let's face it, her real life self is so much more inspiring.