Jenna Bush Hager says her father George W. Bush is a feminist

George W. Bush is a feminist!

According to the 45th President of the United States' daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, he was a constant champion of his two daughters growing up and encouraged them to dream big throughout their adolescence.

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"People laugh at this, but I think my dad was a feminist," Hager told People. "He showed us that we could be whatever we wanted to be. I want my girls to feel that way. I want them to feel strong and capable and feel like they can conquer the world."

While reflecting on the lessons she learned from her parents, George and Laura Bush, Hager remembered with a laugh that she and twin Barbara Pierce Bush "always felt sorry for the boys in [their] class because our dad led us to believe that we were the smartest, most capable kids out there."

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: 74th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: TV personality Jenna Bush Hager arrives to the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Jenna Bush Hager and Brandon Jones attend Edible Schoolyard NYC Annual Harvest Dinner with Chef Massimo Bottura, Hosted by Lela Rose at Private Residence on November 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Jenna Bush Hager dressed as her grandmother Barbara Bush during NBC's 'Today' Halloween at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20: NBC TV Personality Jenna Bush Hager attends the Puff Daddy and The Family Performance On NBC's 'Today'at Rockefeller Plaza on May 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Margaret Cho and Jenna Bush are the guests today on 'THE VIEW,' 5/19/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) JENNA BUSH
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 8: Jenna Bush Hager attends the women's semifinals during day 11 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Co-authors Laura Bush (L) and Jenna Bush-Hager attend 92Y Talks: Laura Bush & Jenna Bush-Hager on May 11, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0468 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jenna Bush Hager and Former First Lady Laura Bush on May 10, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: (L-R) Hoda Kotb, Laura Bush and Jenna Bush-Hager attend the 92Y Talks: Laura Bush & Jenna Bush-Hager on May 11, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Editorial Director PEOPLE and EW, Jess Cagle and Jenna Bush Hager speak at the Time Inc. NEWFRONT at Gotham Hall on May 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Time Inc.)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Jenna Bush, Natalie Morales, Al Roker, and Forest Whitaker appear on the 'Today' show on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Wrangler -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb, Wrangler, Jenna Bush Hager -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
KENNETT, MISSOURI - FEBRUARY 02: Jenna Bush Hager, a correspondent for The TODAY Show, joins Sheryl Crow, AdoptAClassroom.org and Farmers Insurance to surprise the teachers at Kennett High School with a $21,600 donation for classroom supplies at Kennett High School with an AdoptAClassroom.org Grant during a Pep Rally on February 2, 2016 in Kennett, Missouri (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for Farmers Insurance)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Al Roker, Jenna Bush, Brittany Schreiber and Hoda Kotb attend the Billboard Women in Music Luncheon on December 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Billboard)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Journalist Jenna Welch Bush Hager attends Billboard's 10th Annual Women In Music at Cipriani 42nd Street on December 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Jenna Bush Hager attends Lela Rose Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Gallery, Skylight at Clarkson Sq on September 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Teacher Jenna Bush Hager (L) and Barbara Pierce Bush attend Prabal Gurung Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Jenna Bush Hager attends day twelve of the 2015 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
GREENWICH, CT - JUNE 05: Jenna Bush Hager listens at Greenwich Film Festival 2015 - All Things Must Pass Opening Night Premiere at Bow Tie Cinemas on June 5, 2015 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Greenwich Film Festival 2015)
GREENWICH, CT - JUNE 05: (L-R) Director Colin Hanks, GIFF Founder Wendy Stapleton Reyes, Television Personality Jenna Bush Hager attend the Greenwich International Film Festival Opening Night Screening of 'All Things Must Pass' at the Bow Tie Cinema on June 5, 2015 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)
GREENWICH, CT - JUNE 05: Author Jenna Bush Hager attends Greenwich Film Festival 2015 - All Things Must Pass Opening Night Premiere at Bow Tie Cinemas on June 5, 2015 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Greenwich Film Festival 2015)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Tamron Hall, Al Roker and Jenna Bush Hager appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: Jenna Bush Hager and Laura Bush are seen in Tribeca on March 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
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As a mother to daughters Mila, 4, and Poppy, 20 months, with her husband Henry, Hager has mirrored some of her parents' approach to raising girls.

"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," she told People. "They wanted to raise us to have our own views and to be able to articulate them."

The "Today" show correspondent clearly has fond memories of growing up in Midland, Texas, and she is eager to give her own girls similarly fond memories of growing up.

"The most important thing is to raise loving humans," she said.

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Former US President George H. W. Bush shakes hands with his son, former US President George W. Bush's, during a dedication ceremony at the George W. Bush Library and Museum on the grounds of Southern Methodist University on April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. The Bush library is dedicated to chronicling the presidency of the United State's 43rd President, George W. Bush. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31: Former President of the United States, George W. Bush, throws out the first pitch as his father Former President George H.W. Bush looks on before the Texas Rangers host the San Francisco Giants in Game Four of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31: Former President of the United States, George W. Bush, embraces his father Former President George H.W. Bush after throwing out the first pitch before the Texas Rangers host the San Francisco Giants in Game Four of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Former presidents George H.W. Bush, left, and George W. Bush share a laugh during dedication ceremonies for the new George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)
Former presidents George H.W. Bush, left, and George W. Bush look over the crowd at dedication ceremonies for the new George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)
Houston, USA. 17th Nov, 2013. Former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, left, and George H.W. Bush ride onto the field before a game between the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders where they served as honorary team captains for the Texans on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Houston. Credit: George Bridges/MCT/Alamy Live News
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31: Former President of the United States, George W. Bush, throws out the first pitch as his father Former President George H.W. Bush looks on before the Texas Rangers host the San Francisco Giants in Game Four of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
US President George W. Bush (L) waves as he walks out of the Oval Office with his father, former President George H. W. Bush, after Bush signed the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 at the White House in Washington, DC, September 25, 2008. The “ADA Amendments Act” will help ensure that individuals with disabilities – including people with diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer – qualify for protection under the ADA and obtain reasonable accommodations. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President George W. Bush (C) looks back towards photogrpahers as he walks out of the Oval Office with his father, former President George H. W. Bush, after Bush signed S. 3406, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 25, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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