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10-12-12 - Has Democracy Been Good For Russian Womens...

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Has Democracy Been Good For Russian Women’s Health? “A Man Like Putin” – beyond propaganda Presenting the “Voice of Women” Addressed to Men Resonates with women as what a desirable man is, a man who can be trusted, responsible, making a mark in the world. Soviet Emancipation to a double burden In 1917 – Soviet was the most progressive country in the world via women’s rights Women were required to work fulltime, taken out of the house and into the labor force. No longer dependent upon husband. Gave economic independence from men, but dependence upon the state. Safety net in socialism – no unemployment, low salary, low standard of living. Access to healthcare and housing. No homelessness, but conditions of housing were bad. Free education. Extensive network of childcare facilities. Consumer needs were not met (no contraceptives, hair care, toilet paper). Abortion was a tool of the state, not seen similar to the west – automatic approach to increased fertility In 1920, abortion legalized Allowed women to work fulltime! “Emancipated” In 1936 (Stalin), Abortion criminalized To increase fertility Did not make contraception readily available In 1954, Abortion legalized – rates high
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