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Who knew the Dalai Lama was a feminist?

World peace came first. But then the Dalai Lama told reporters he brought up to President Barack Obama during their White House meeting the issue of women in leadership roles. USA/

"I also mentioned the female, biologically, more sensitive about others' pain ... about others who are suffering," the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said, adding with a laugh that Obama agreed with that sentiment.

"I wish, you see, the amount of leadership more female ... should take the leadership role," he said.

The Dalai Lama in his world travels has met women in high-power jobs, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.