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U.S. President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush pose with daughters Jenna (R) and Barbara prior to Jenna's wedding to Henry Hager on May 10, 2008. (REUTERS/White House/Shealah Craighead/Handout (UNITED STATES)


Former president George W. Bush is a feminist, says daughter Jenna

By WITW Staff on April 19, 2017

Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager told People magazine that she believes her father is a feminist, as evidenced by the way he raised her twin sister Barbara and herself. “People laugh at this, but I think my dad was a feminist,” the 35-year-old told the magazine. “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.”  Hager considers herself a feminist, as she said in a 2015 interview at South by Southwest, “There is nothing wrong with the word ‘feminism.’ Anyone that’s for women — which I am, as a woman, as the mother of a little girl, and as someone who’s worked with women all over the world, what’s wrong with supporting women? There’s nothing wrong with that. I would say I’m a feminist, and a proud one.” Not everyone would be inclined to describe Dubya as a feminist: As CNN points out, the former president restored the “Mexico City policy” in 2001, which prohibited taxpayer funds from being used to pay or promote abortions, and changed a Title IX gender discrimination requirement for universities in 2009. At the 2016 Women in the World Summit, Hager and her twin sister appeared along with their mother, former first lady Laura Bush, at the Women in the World New York Summit and took part in a conversation with Today show host Savannah Guthrie. Watch their full interview below.

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