Former President George W. Bush’s daughter is dubbing her dad a “feminist.”
“People laugh at this, but I think my dad was a feminist. He showed us that we could be whatever we wanted to be,” Jenna Bush Hager, 35, tells People for the magazine’s “World’s Most Beautiful” issue.
“I want my girls to feel that way,” Bush Hager, a mom of two young daughters, added. “I want them to feel strong and capable and feel like they can conquer the world.”
“I think the thing that my parents did so well and might surprise people, although I don’t know why, is that they really wanted us to be curious, independent thinkers. They wanted to raise us to have our own views and to be able to articulate them,” Bush Hager, a correspondent for “Today,” says in the interview of her 70-year-old dad and 70-year-old mom, former first lady Laura Bush.
The ex-commander in chief isn’t the only feminist in the Bush family, his daughter has said.
“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,” Bush Hager said during an SXSW panel in 2015, according to The Daily Beast.
“I would say I’m a feminist, and a proud one,” she said at the time.