Hager says her father was a feminist. courseJenna Bush Hager, Today correspondent and daughter of former President George W. Bush, gushed about her parents in a recent interview with People Magazine. I think the thing that my parents did so well and might surprise people, although I dont know why, is that they really wanted us to be curious, independent thinkers, she told People . They wanted to raise us to have our own views and to be able to articulate them. Bush Hager specifically highlighted the way her father contributed to her strength, telling People that the former president led [Jenna and her twin sister Barbara] to believe that [they] were the smartest, most capable kids out there. People laugh at this, continued Bush Hager, but I think my dad was a feminist. He showed us that we could be whatever we wanted to be. I want my girls to feel that way. I want them to feel strong and capable and feel like they can conquer the world. These are lovely sentiments, to be sure. And if Bush Hager credits her father with raising her to be a strong, independent-thinking, outspoken woman, then that is certainly laudable. However, feminism is about more than respecting (or raising or loving) individual women and girls, and promoting that watered-down definition is harmful to women at large. Its about social, political and economic equality for all something that can only be achieved if addressed systemically. Just because your dad is nice and respects you and you’re a girl doesn’t mean he’s a feminist! (cc: @IvankaTrump ) https://t.co/uyJd38EF8R Emily Peck (@EmilyRPeck) April 18, 2017 Bush Hagers warm words come during a time when her father is experiencing a period of nostalgia-induced image rehab .
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