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Women Workers in the Soviet Interwar Economy

From ‘Protection’ to ‘Equality’


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Melanie Ilič
    Pages 1-12
  3. Melanie Ilič
    Pages 27-42
  4. Melanie Ilič
    Pages 57-77
  5. Melanie Ilič
    Pages 78-95
  6. Melanie Ilič
    Pages 96-111
  7. Melanie Ilič
    Pages 112-129
  8. Melanie Ilič
    Pages 130-148
  9. Melanie Ilič
    Pages 149-169
  10. Melanie Ilič
    Pages 170-176
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 177-241

About this book


This book examines changes in official Soviet policy towards the labour protection of women workers, 1917-41. Important legislative enactments are analysed. In the 1920s emphasis was placed on the 'protection' of female labour by the agencies responsible for regulating women's role in industrial production. With the mass recruitment of women workers to the Soviet industrialisation drive by the early 1930s, labour protection issues were often ignored as women were encouraged to play a more 'equal' role in the production process.


equality labour law Russia Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) women

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher EducationGloucestershireUK
  2. 2.CREES, University of BirminghamUK

About the authors

Melanie Ilic is Senior Lecturer in History and Women's Studies at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education.

Bibliographic information


'...closely researched and argued book.' - Beryl Williams, Labour History Review