Elizabeth Warren's Engagement Story Is The Definition of #FeministGoals
Elizabeth Warren didn't give a fuck about sexist marriage traditions before not giving a fuck about sexist marriage traditions was cool.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, the United States Senator told her followers that 35 years ago, she bucked gendered social mores by popping the question to her now-husband, Bruce.
Ahead of her time: A lot has changed since Warren proposed to her husband back in 1980. But of all the gendered traditions that our culture has clung to over the years, weddings — and marriage proposals, in particular — remain stuck in the past.
Despite the many advances we've made in gender equality, our culture still can't accept that a woman can propose marriage to a man. A 2012 University of California, Santa Cruz study found that two-thirds of heterosexual students of both sexes "definitely" preferred male-driven marriage proposals. Only 2.8% of female students reported that they were "kind of" interested in proposing to a man, while a grand total of zero students said they would "definitely" prefer a woman to propose.
Another poll, run by the Associated Press and WE-TV in 2014, surveyed more than 1,000 American adults and found that three-fourths of respondents were cool with the concept of a female proposal — in theory. In practice, however, only about 5% of married respondents reported that the woman proposed.
We're guessing Chandler and Monica were participants in this particular study.
The ideal partnership: While Warren's badass proposal to her husband is indeed the definition of #FeministGoals, her gratitude to her husband for being her most ardent supporter and life partner throughout their 35-year relationship is also inspiring.
"He has never once discouraged me from taking on a fight," she wrote. "He's always believed that if I wanted people to listen to my ideas, I might as well shout from the highest mountain I could find."
In keeping with the post's theme of progressiveness and equality, Warren also made sure to toss in a nod to the same-sex marriage victory before signing off: "This anniversary, I'll celebrate living in America where everyone can marry their own Bruce — their best friend, biggest supporter, and love of their life."
All we can say to that, really, is: YAASSS, Liz. YAASSS.