Russian Women in Politics and Society

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Wilma Rule, Norma C. Noonan
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - Political Science - 188 pages
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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.

The stage is set in the introduction followed by an examination of the history of the Bolshevik socialist state in 1917 through the participation of women in recent multiparty elections in 1993. The tsarist and Communist gender culture is presented, and the book then considers why and how, the Soviet Union disintegrated. Next the editors explore the reborn Russia of President Boris Yeltsin and women's rights under Soviet and post-Soviet rule. The book is enriched by statistical tables and glossaries of the names of leaders and terms for easy identification.

 

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Contents

Womens Participation From Lenin to Gorbachev
15
The Communist Era and Women Image and Reality
31
Women in Russias First Multiparty Election
40
Women in Russian Society from the Tsars to Yeltsin
63
The Bolshevik Legacy and Russian Womens Movements
77
Before the Fall Economic and Social Problems
97
The Gorbachev Leadership Change and Continuity
108
The Yeltsin Presidency Economic Reform and Women
120
Law and Policy Womens Human Rights in Russia
153
Crossroads in Russian History A Brighter Road Ahead for Women?
167
Glossary of Russian and Soviet Leaders
173
Glossary of Russian Terms
175
Selected Bibliography
179
Index
183
About the Contributors
187
Copyright

Russian Constitution and Womens Political Opportunities
135

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About the author (1996)

WILMA RULE is Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has published numerous comparative studies of the political and socio-economic conditions affecting women's legislative recruitment. She is co-editor, with Joseph F. Zimmerman, of Electoral Systems in Comparative Perspective: Their Impact on Women and Minorities (Greenwood, 1994) and U.S. Electoral Systems: Their Impact on Women and Minorities (Praeger, 1992).

NORMA NOONAN is Professor of Political Science at Augsburg College. A long time specialist on Russia and the former Soviet Union, she is the author of over 70 articles on women in Russia, Soviet/Russian foreign policy, and Soviet/Russian political elites. For over a decade, her research has focused on women in Russia, past and present, and trying to interpret Russian women in terms of the Soviet experience. She currently directs and teaches in a graduate program on leadership.

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