chapter  26
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On the Threshold of the Classroom: Dilemmas for Post-Soviet Russian Feminism

As I listened to these the conference's many descriptions of identity-of what a feminist is and of what "I am" -I was reminded that one of the roles of the conference was to bridge different constituencies. The session I participated in was the session about bringing feminism into the curriculum, into the sphere of education. In thinking about what to say, I have asked myself why among all the activities that our feminist community in Russia has been trying to do-contribute to the independent women's movement, conduct independent feminist research, and influence the government-the educational part seems to be the most difficult. Finding a theory of feminist education seems to be a step that requires a lot of careful thought because the consequences, positive or negative, could be very crucial for the whole agenda of feminism in Russia.