Bernie Sanders Says He's A Feminist, Points To "Lifelong Record" Of Supporting Women's Rights

He also talked about the understandable desire for America to finally elect a female president.

As Bernie Sanders' campaign surges forward with growing support, the self-proclaimed Socialist Democrat from Vermont revealed something that many have speculated on but was yet unconfirmed — until now. Last week in an interview with The Washington Post, Bernie Sanders said he was a feminist  and explained what exactly the term meant to him.

Sanders told reporter Karen Tumulty that it was a commitment to fight for women's rights, adding that he has a proven record of doing so. He then acknowledged that while many women do want to see a female politician win the presidency, he hoped that they would elect someone who has credibility in the fight for women's rights. 

"I do understand there is a desire on the part of many women, perfectly understandable, to see a woman being elected president," he said. "And we all want to see that. We want to see women hold more political offices. But I also would hope that, in these enormously difficult times, where it is absolutely imperative that we stand up to the billionaire class, bring our people together, to fight for a progressive agenda, that all people — women — look at that candidate who has the record to do that."

The question posed to him comes as the Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton discussed feminism with Girls creator Lena Dunham. Clinton confirmed she was "absolutely" a feminist, adding, "A feminist is by definition someone who believes in equal rights."

In his interview, Sanders pointed to his record as a women's rights champion, which, according to him: includes a 100 percent pro-choice voting record; more family and medical leave; a $15 minimum wage that will benefit many women; equal pay; quality universal and affordable child care and pre-K education.

"So I think if people look at my record," he concluded, "I think they will see somebody who has had a lifelong record of support for the women's movement and women's rights."

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