“We need to change the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality, but gives men a pat on the back for theirs.” President Barack Obama said at the White House Summit on the United State of Women, this past week.
Obama declared himself a feminist at the conference, which highlighted a wide range of gender issues, including reproductive rights. Obama quoted the late Shirley Chisholm, the first black women to serve in Congress, when he said, “The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: It’s a girl.”
Obama is the first sitting President to assert his support for the most basic rights for women. Though their remains much ground to cover before women have truly achieved equal rights, the President’s support is a much appreciated step forward.