Lecturing before a class at the National Organization for Women (NOW) offices in New York, Diane Feeley discusses the role of women in Russian history. She relates the early oppression of women in old Russia, when women were nothing more than chattels to their husbands. She then describes the major feminist reforms of the early 1900's: women played a major role in the 1917 Revolution, and afterwards, helped bring about social change. However, the reforms were all obliterated with the ascension of Stalin to power in the 1930's. In modern-day Russia, many women are professionals, but as Feeley demonstrates with the modern Russian novella "A Week Like Any Other", they are still tied down to the drudgery of housework and childcare. Produced by WBAI.
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