Sisterhood or Suspicion? Relations between Russian Women’s Organizations
Many of the advantages described by individual women as resulting from their membership of a women’s organization could be multiplied and enjoyed by organizations themselves with closer relations and cooperation between grassroots women’s organizations: strength in numbers, increased lobbying power and influence, shared experience and expertise, help and support during crises, empathy and solidarity, the sense of belonging to a group and not being out on a limb. Many members of the grassroots women’s organizations included in this study expressed opinions of this nature when asked whether they considered it desirable for their organization to become part of a wider association or movement. Members of several organizations stated that their group either already was or should in future become part of what they described as a growing women’s movement1 and that they would like to see relations between women’s organizations improved and strengthened in general.
KeywordsCommunist Party Member Organization Umbrella Organization Grassroots Organization Soviet Regime
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