Quotations for students on WS3300

Women in the Soviet Union/Russia and Eastern Europe

‘Given that state socialist countries posses both the ideological wherewithal and the degree of state penetration necessary to promote the cultural changes which are required if women are to be emancipated, there is every reason to suspect that considerations of preserving male power have prevented the necessary policies from being developed.’

J Lovenduski (1986) Women and European Politics p. 114

‘Revolutionary change in the USSR has brought not a total rupture with the past, but a partial elimination and even reintegration of pre-revolutionary attitudes and patterns of behaviour.’

G Lapidus (1977) ‘Sexual Equality in Society Policy: a Developmental Perspective’, in D Atkinson et al Women in Russia, p. 116

‘Soviet family policy therefore has involved an effort to superimpose new economic and civic responsibilities on the traditional housekeeping and childbearing functions of women, while lifting some of the burdens of the latter through the provision of public services. The overall goal has been to increase the size and productivity of the labour force without impairing the childbearing potential of women workers.’

G Lapidus (1977) ‘Sexual Equality in Society Policy: a Developmental Perspective’, in D Atkinson et al Women in Russia, p. 131

‘A centralized wage policy which consistently places a lower market value on labour in sectors of the economy with high concentration of females is inherently discriminatory.’

K Broschart (1992) ‘Women under Glasnost’, in S Arber and N Gilbert (eds) Women and Working Lives, p. 127

‘(Women) constitute a significant proportion of the poorest, most disadvantaged sectors of society; they form a majority of the unemployed and a minority of those being hired.’

M Molyneux (1994) ‘Women’s Rights and the International Context: Some Reflections on the Post-Communist States’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 23/2, p. 293

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