Russian Women in Politics and Society

Russian Women in Politics and Society

Russian Women in Politics and Society

Russian Women in Politics and Society

Synopsis

An examination of women's roles in politics and society in the contemporary Russian Federation as it creates a new market economy and democratic course born of a millennium of history and nearly 75 years of authoritarian communist rule.

Excerpt

With the breakup of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in December 1991, a new nation came into being. Born of a millennium of history and nearly 75 years of authoritarian Communist rule, the Russian Federation began a new capitalistic and democratic course. What measures the new nation will take to achieve its goals depend upon its leaders and its people speaking through its new democratizing institutions. Women -- who are 53 percent of the Russian population -- have a unique role to play in humanizing, developing, and improving the new nation's policies.

Our book's introduction sets the stage for examining women's roles in politics and society in contemporary Russia. How women fared from the founding of the Bolshevik socialist state in 1917 to their participation in the multiparty elections in 1993 and 1995 follows. The Tsarist and Communist gender culture is presented, and the book then considers why and how, after decades of rule, the Soviet Union disintegrated. The reborn Russia of President Boris Yeltsin is portrayed, followed by women's rights under Soviet and post-Soviet rule and the conclusion.

This book grew from a small article about a dialogue among several Russian women leaders and coauthor Wilma Rule in Moscow at the new Center for Gender Studies in the spring of 1991. A similar discussion took place in St. Petersburg shortly afterward. In both cities, the discussion focused on the impact of various electoral systems on women's opportunity for election in democratic countries. That article in PS: Political Science and Politics in June 1992 and a subsequent one led to a publisher's interest . . .

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