Sasha and Malia: Obama's Best Legacy

A new book claims that girls with a strong father figure have higher self-esteem. See: the first daughters.

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"Modern womanhood is tough," writes Biddulph. "All too soon, your daughter will need to become self-reliant, clear-thinking, emotionally strong, good with people and responsible for her own life. A good dad gives her a head-start that lasts forever."

Malia and Sasha (and the rest of the country) are lucky. Not only do they have a "good dad" who has clearly already begun planting the seeds they'll need to grow into modern women, but he also leads the free world, making sure those crops yield results for years to come for the rest of us.

Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter. 

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Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter.