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Male leaders celebrate International Women’s Day by reinforcing stereotypes

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International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, is often used by world leaders as an opportunity to show appreciation for women. ThinkProgress, however, has highlighted quotes from some of the many leaders whose idea of appreciating women isn’t encouragement of equality, but rather the embrace of stereotypical gender roles.

Russian President Vladimir Putin focused on physical appearances in his comments, praising women who “do everything on time and cope with a huge load of worries while looking tender, charming and amazing.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has in past comments likened use of birth control to treason, told his country that “a woman is above all a mother,” adding that “you cannot free women by destroying the notion of family.”

The North Korean state media praised their women for their obedience, thanking them for being “highly faithful in carrying out tasks as ordered,” and also marked the occasion by accusing South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye, the country’s first female president, of “withered nymphomania,” and calling the leader a “political prostitute.”

And Nigerian Senate Leader Ali Ndume appealed to women’s romantic side by saying: “I urge men to marry more than one wife. The first care of a woman is marriage. Men should take care of women by not just befriending them, but by going further to marry them.”

Read the full story at ThinkProgress.

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