Was Vladimir Putin Sexist on International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day celebrated March 8, was filled with gratitude for and empowerment of women and girls.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, too, lent his voice to the cacophony of well-wishers to all womankind.
“Dear women,” he wrote in a statement from the Kremlin, “you possess a mysterious power: you keep up with everything, juggle a myriad of tasks, and yet remain tender, unforgettable and full of charm. You bring goodness and beauty, hope and light into this world. We are proud of you and we love you.”
The leader went on to hail women as the “true soul of Russia” in a speech.
Many were quick to point out on social media that Putin has been responsible for jailing many women standing up for women’s rights and human rights in his country.
Some took issue with his words, claiming they didn’t have the intended effect.
@RebeccaShabad NOT THE ONION: Putin: “Dear women, From all my heart, I congratulate you on International Women’s Day.”
Cristen Conger wrote: Foreign policy bonus if Hills wins: Putin says women “possess a mysterious power.”
(Or is that just a period joke?)
Barrett’s Gym posted: “Vladimir Putin praises women for ‘mysterious powers’ world wide” is probably the most objectively funny thing I’ll read all day. Mr@MrMaitra wrote: This love letter from Putin to women on March 8 was a proper knickers dropper.
Women have a ‘mysterious power,’ according to Russian President Vladimir Putin.