chapter  5
15 Pages

The effect of economic and political reforms on Soviet/ Russian women

ByPatrice C. McMahon

Gorbachev’s rise to power in the mid-1980s had a profound effect on Soviet society and initiated a new era for Soviet women. Economic restructuring and the need to scale back the workforce, along with rising social conservatism, have challenged women’s ‘dual function’ as mothers and workers. Political reforms reinforced these challenges, since they have reduced the little political power held by women. This essay addresses the consequences of the multi-dimensional economic, political and social destabilization on Russia’s female population.1