Justin Trudeau Feminism: Why Our Prime Minister Is Raising His Sons To Be Feminists

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At the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Justin Trudeau participated in a break-out session called "Progress on Parity." Much to the delight of the audience, he brought up that he's raising all three of his kids to be feminists "just like dad."

Trudeau and his fellow-panelists, including Sheryl Sandberg and Melinda Gates, were discussing the global gender gap. While more women graduate from university than men in many countries, there is still a global pay gap.

According to a recent report, the annual pay for women now only equals what men earned 10 years ago.

During the discussion, Trudeau brought up the importance of both men and women being feminists and how that applies to his sons, Xavier and Hadrien. He finished his statement with the words: "We shouldn’t be afraid of the word feminist. Men and women should use it to describe themselves any time they want." And with that, the audience started to cheer.

"We shouldn’t be afraid of the word feminist. Men and women should use it to describe themselves any time they want."

Canada's Prime Minister, of course, made headlines back in November 2015 when he appointed a gender-balanced cabinet.

When asked by the press why he included an equal number of men and women, Trudeau answered simply: "Because it's 2015."

For Huffington Post Canada's parenting expert Alyson Schafer's tips on how to raise boys who respect girls, please click here.

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