Watch Obama Tell It Like It Is: ‘Playing Like A Girl Means You’re A Badass’ (VIDEO)

As much as the nation, or for that matter, the world, wants to believe they are treating women equally, the truth of it is, we don’t. Women don’t have nearly the same opportunities as men in almost every aspect of life. Just look at any company, or Hollywood, or politics, and most definitely sports.

This isn’t for lack of ability, or training, or desire — it’s lack of opportunity, and most certainly, lack of respect.

Well, one person who has never shown a lack of respect towards women is President Barack Obama. You can see this in the way he speaks of his wife and his daughters, women he’s placed in important roles, or nominated for Supreme Court Justices of the United States.

Keeping in step with his admiration and respect of women, while welcoming the U.S. Women’s Soccer team to the White House to honor their win at the World Cup, he spoke highly of the women who earned their victory. He also spoke about the players’ “She Believes” initiative:

“This victory was about more than just soccer. It was about dominance and skill and about inspiring our whole country. About a month before the World Cup kicked off, these players launched #SheBelieves initiative, encouraging young fans all across the country to believe in themselves.

And whether it was through the campaign — through that campaign or on the field, they’ve inspired millions of girls to dream bigger, and by the way, inspired millions of boys to look at girls differently, which is just as important.”

Shortly after that, he made one of most profound statements ever uttered in regards to women and the often derogatory “playing like a girl” reference:

“This team taught all America’s children that “playing like a girl” means you’re a badass.”


Then he said:

“Perhaps I shouldn’t have used that phrase. Playing like a girl means being the best.”

President Obama time and time again has never wavered from his admiration for women. When speaking of the future in his speeches, he’ll often use female pronouns when talking about who will lead and/or be successful. This isn’t anything against men, but rather a tremendous word association to prove that, yes, women are, in fact, on par with men and deserve the same respect — always.

Here’s the full speech:

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