— President of Russia (@KremlinRussia_E) March 8, 2017
First, he congratulated the women of Russia — namely, the mothers, grandmothers, daughters, wives, friends, [their] nearest and dearest ones — for having the day in general. Next, he praised their generosity and tenderness.
Note that he praised mothers, grandmothers, daughters, and wives specifically. The women the statement was directed at were defined by their familial relationships first and foremost, which was underscored with this:
You care day and night for your children, grandchildren and your family. Even today, on International Women’s Day, you are still caught up in your routine, working tirelessly, always on time. We often ask ourselves, how do they manage it all?
The theme went from nurturing motherhood to all-out war pretty quickly after that, though. Read the following poem:
A woman – with us when we are born,
A woman – with us in our last hour,
A woman – our standard during battle,
A woman – the joy of open eyes.
Ultimately, the message was a sweet one. After commending women for being strong, he called on men to support them so they don’t always have to be.
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