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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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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