The history of women and gender in the Russian Federation

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Women in the Stalin era
By Anna Louise Strong, n.d. (for International Women's Day, Northstar Compass, 8 March 1999. The change in women's status was one of the important social changes in all parts of the USSR. The Revolution gave women legal and political equality: industrialization provided the economic base in equal pay. But in every village women still had to fight the habits of centuries.
Growth of single mothers poses new set of problems
By Olga Eremeeva, InterPress Service, Harare, 6 March 1995. Single well-off mothers like Tanya are rare in Russia though more and more rich men are able to afford to keep more than one family. According to official statistics, there were about 1.5 million single mothers in Russia in 1994.
Sexual Harassment in Russian Workplaces
By Dr. Zoya Khotkina, Moscow Centre for Gender Studies, 25 April 1997. The problem of sexual harassment in the workplace is a new and unresearched topic, but it is a real issue in Russia.
A Women's Revolution in the Russian Duma?
By Amy Caiazza, Indiana University, and Elena Kotchkina, Gender Legal Analysis Project, Moscow Center for Gender Studies, 22 July 1997. Hearing on a draft proposal outlining Russian legal priorities for achieving equal rights and opportunities for men and women. In the past, Soviet and Russian experiences with women's rights compared in some ways quite favorably to Western liberal democracies.
What will be the outcome of the feminist revolution in the Russian State Duma?
By Elena Kotchkina, The Gender Expertise Project MCGS, 20 November 1997. The Duma passed the Legal Framework on Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities/EREO introduced by a communist deputy.
Too little, too late: state response to violence against women, Pt.1
Human Rights Watch, 25 January 1998. Part 1 of a five-part report. Index. Introduction. Recommendations.
Violence against women, Pt. 2
Human Rights Watch, 27 January 1998. Part 2 of a five-part report. Women and the workplace. Women and politics. Violence Against Women and the Absence of Reliable Statistics. Growth of the Women's Rights Movement. Russia's obligations under international law.
UNICEF on East Europe's women: It's been downhill under capitalism
By Teresa Gutierrez, Worker's World, 22 September 1999. UNICEF issued a report on the situation for women and girls in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. It documents how the setbacks to socialism have affected women and girls.
After socialism, women are worse off
By Gustavo Capdevila, IPS, Asia Times, 25 September 1999. The situation is deteriorating today for women in the countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, where women previously enjoyed a wide range of benefits—especially in health and education.