Obama just gave a very powerful speech at the first-ever United State of Women Summit organized by the White House.
The popular president spoke about the power of equality and the importance of banishing outdated stigmas.
“We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure and our boys to be assertive, he said.
“That criticizes our daughters for speaking out and our sons for shedding a tear. We need to change the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality, but gives men a pay on the back for theirs.”
“We need to keep changing the attitude that congratulates men for changing a diaper, stigmatizes full time dads, penalizing working mums.”
But of course, the light hearted president began his speech with a joke.
“I may be a little grayer than I was eight years ago, but this is what a feminist looks like,” he said, which was welcomed with cheers from the audience.
He passionately campaigned for the US to change their culture with perpetuates sexism.
"If we are going to truly change our policies and our politics, then we're also going to have to change something else. We're going to have to change the way we see ourselves and this is happening already, but I want us to be more intentional about it... The emotional, sexual and psychological stereotyping of females begin when the doctor says it's a girl… and that has consequences for all of us-- whether we're men or women, black, white, straight gay, transgender or otherwise," he said.