The “New” Sexism: Images of Russian Women during the Transition

  • Valerie Sperling


For all of the chaos that has overtaken Russian politics and society in the last decade, perhaps the most profound change has been the introduction of glasnost and the decline in the censorship of public speech and action. As a result of these new freedoms, at the end of the 1980s women in Russia were able to start speaking out publicly about discrimination, about the gendered division of labor, about the paucity of women in high political positions, and so forth. Women’s organizations began to form independent of state control, national-level women’s movement conferences were held starting in the early 1990s, women’s newspapers and other publications emerged, and the women’s movement, non-existent in the mid-1980s, is now growing apace. Estimates of the number of women’s groups in Russia today range from 400 to 4,000.


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