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FILE - In a Thursday, April 7, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama jokes with his daughter Malia Obama as they walk to board Air Force One from the Marine One helicopter, as they leave Chicago en route to Los Angeles. The White House announced Sunday, May 1, 2016, that Malia Obama will take a year off after high school and attend Harvard University in 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

President Obama pens powerful essay on why he's a feminist

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In an exclusive essay for Glamour magazine, President Barack Obama talks about the importance of being a feminist role model to his daughters. 

"It's important that their dad is a feminist, because now that's what they expect of all men," he stated.

"The progress we've made in the past 100 years, 50 years, and, yes, even the past eight years has made life significantly better for my daughters than it was for my grandmothers," Obama writes.

"And I say that not just as President but also as a feminist."

That's what 21st century feminism is about: the idea that when everybody is equal, we are all more free.
President Barack Obama

In his essay, Obama calls on men and women of all ages to do their part to make sure everyone can make of their lives what they want.

"That's what 21st century feminism is about: the idea that when everybody is equal, we are all more free."

Malia Obama, 18, is set to begin school at Harvard University next fall and Sasha Obama, 15, will spend this summer working at a seafood restaurant in Martha's Vineyard.

Read the full essay on Glamour here.

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