The Best Barack Obama Feminist Quotes During His Time In Office

US President Barack Obama holds a year-end press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, December 16, 2016. Obama on Friday warned his successor Donald Trump against antagonizing China by reaching out to Taiwan, saying he could risk a 'very significant' response if he upends decades of diplomatic tradition.
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In August, Barack Obama sealed his reputation as the most feminist president that we've ever had when he penned an essay on his wife, daughters and feminism for Glamour. Although the 1,500-word essay certainly the most extensive public discussion that that Obama has had on feminism, it wasn't the first time that Obama had declared his belief that women and men should be equal. Here are the best feminist quotes from Obama's time in office.

As Brenda Weber, a gender studies professor at Indiana University, told The New York Times in August, the president's clear declaration as a feminist was a critical gesture from a man with such influence. "Those are all pretty radical statements in terms of a politician at that level of influence," Weber said of the president's essay in Glamour.

So I'm glad that the president laid bare for the nation that he was, indeed, a feminist (and it only took him three years after Beyoncé!). As Weber notes, it's important for him to set such an example. But Obama hasn't been shy about sharing his feminist ideologies. Here are just a few of the best examples from his eight years in the White House.

1. "I may be a little grayer than I was eight years ago, but this is what a feminist looks like."

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse of the National Mall in Washington on December 1, 2016.
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Shortly after he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, Obama delivered one of his most feminist speeches to 5,000 gathered at the White House summit on women.

2. "We must carry forward the work of the women who came before us and ensure our daughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacle to their achievements and no remaining ceilings to shatter."

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 1: U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha Obama attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. This year is the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
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Ahead of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day in 2011, the president issued a proclamation recommitting his administration to helping women.

3. "I refuse to stop fighting now — for the sake of my daughters and yours, we must do better to make sure women are respected and treated equally."

US President Obama enjoys shave ice with his daughter Malia and friends at the Island Snow parlor in Kailua, Hawaii, on December 24, 2016.
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Obama issued this statement on the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2015.

4. "This Congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work. Really. It's 2015."

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill January 12, 2016 in Washington, D.C. In his final State of the Union, President Obama reflected on the past seven years in office and spoke on topics including climate change, gun control, immigration and income inequality. (Photo by Evan Vucci - Pool/Getty Images)
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Obama dropped some truths at the 2015 State of the Union address.

5. "A woman deserves equal pay for equal work. She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job. A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship  and you know what, a father does, too. It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode."

US President Barack Obama speaks on counterterrorism at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida on December 6, 2016.
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Obama was apparently fond of dropping feminist nuggets of wisdom during the State of the Union, this one in 2014. Bonus points for the pop culture reference.

6. "And yes, it’s important that their dad is a feminist, because now that’s what they expect of all men."

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C'mon, I couldn't do a Barack Obama feminist quote list and leave out that Glamour essay. It's so good, y'all.

7. "What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn't have a bunch of politicians, the majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women."

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 16: U.S. President Barack Obama and his daughter Sasha depart the White House before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn December 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. The first family is traveling to Hawaii to spend the Christmas and New Year holidays. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Obama spoke out again Missouri politician Todd Akin's horrible comments about "legitimate rape." Amen to that.

In case you didn't already know you were going to miss Obama, just reread these feminist quotes. Let's hope he isn't the last feminist president that we see in our lifetimes.

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