I have a complicated relationship with Father’s Day, as I do with most Hallmark holidays. The notion of recognizing a specific person on a specific day is, to me, off-putting at best — and difficult. Even for those of us who are lucky enough to have a father and/or partner with whom we want to celebrate, Father’s Day can elicit a wide range of emotions — from nostalgia to grief to longing. Oh, and it perpetuates heteronormative relationships and capitalist culture, so there’s that. But if there’s one type of dad I’m never shy about celebrating (and gifting) it’s the feminist dad. The dad who understands that feminism asks for nothing more or less than equal fundamental rights for all genders. The dad who isn’t threatened by strong women but is inspired by them. The dad who is intentional about raising kids in ways that empower all people and that challenge tired stereotypes. Hell yeah I’ll buy a gift for that dad.
So if you know a feminist father, read on. Our top picks for feminist Father’s Day gifts would make Rosie the Riveter proud.
A version of this article was originally published in May 2018.