Justin Trudeau Explains Why Promoting Women Is The “Smartest Possible Thing To Do”

The Canadian prime minister spoke with Tina Brown at the Women in the World Summit last week.

Self-proclaimed feminist and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed his commitment to creating empowering roles for women and stressed the importance of promoting women in all fields at the Women in the World Summit last Thursday in New York. 

"One of the things that we've done and focused on, and not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes good, economic sense is figuring out how to put more women in leadership roles, how to bring more women to be successful in business," Trudeau said in conversation with Tina Brown. "Not only do you create more success for those companies, or organizations, but it changes the types of conversations that leaders and decision-makers are having." 

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When Trudeau took office in 2015, he made a point of hiring a cabinet that is 50 percent female because, as he said then, "it's 2015." At the event Thursday, he discussed further efforts he has made to ensure Canada continues to take powerful steps toward the future, including adding a gender-based analysis with each initiative put forward in this year's budget. This section explains how, for example, an infrastructure project in a rural area that would create many typically male jobs might affect rates of gender-based violence and sex trade within the local population.

Trudeau also explained his belief that giving women equal opportunities is what makes the most economic sense - as well as just being good sense.

"When we start realizing that including women and promoting women into positions of power isn't just the nice thing to do, it's the smartest possible thing thing to do, you start connecting in more meaningful ways to the workplace," he said. "When you think about the number of great ideas that get left on the table because women entrepreneurs or innovators don't have the kind of access to capital that is given to men on startups, this something that will directly leave us less successful as a society if we don't figure out how to empower and include women in every area of success."

Trudeau stated last year he will continue to call himself a feminist until the remark is met with only a shrug, but the PM recognizes the necessity of bringing more men into the conversation. 

"We can't just talk about how women need to be empowered without talking to the people who unfairly still have more power: the men," Trudeau said. "The men have to be part of the solution."

(H/T: The Huffington Post)

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