By Liubov Denisova, Irina Mukhina

This is the 1st full-length heritage of Russian peasant girls within the twentieth century in English. Filling an important hole within the literature on rural reviews and gender reviews of the 20 th century Russia, it's the first to take the tale into the twenty-first century. It deals a complete evaluate of laws pertaining to rural ladies: their employment styles; marriages, divorces and relations existence; matters with well-being and elevating youngsters. Rural lives within the Soviet Union have been usually dramatically assorted from the typical narrative of the Soviet heritage, or even throughout the Khrushchev "Thaw" within the past due Nineteen Fifties and early Nineteen Sixties, rural ladies have been excluded from its reforms and releasing rules.

The writer, Luibov Denisova - a number one specialist within the box of rural gender heritage in Russia - contains fabric from formerly unavailable or unpublished collections and records; interviews; sociological learn and oral traditions. total, the booklet is a historical past of all rural ladies, from usual farm women to agrarian execs to prostitutes and paints a special photograph of rural women’s existence within the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia.

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After World War II, women mechanics continued to play an important role in the agricultural production of the country. 14 Among them, there were always women who loved the “steel horse” more than anything else and could no longer perceive their lives without machines. I. Slizneva, evaluating her work, wrote: I work for the third collective farm already, and I am not boasting of my work, but nonetheless want to tell you that of the two tractor teams that we have, mine is in the lead, and we will not let this leadership slip away from us in the future.

A. S. V. 20 Women mechanics also established a club named after Pasha Angelina. They went to the club to discuss their labor conditions, hardships and challenges of working the machines, as well as to exchange some tips for making their lives easier. 21 Women, when they shared their stories of success, often emphasized that they were better qualified to do the job compared to men because women were more careful and attentive to detail than their male counterparts. P. Shabalina shared with Krestianka a typical life story: I started to work on the combine a long time ago during the war when we, the women, had to do the work of the men who left to fight at the war front.

32 Extreme fatigue, physical demands of the job, vibration and overexposure to all weather conditions resulted in many chronic illnesses among female mechanics. 33 A tractor driver, Godunova, wrote to a journal, I am curious to see how many former tractor drivers who are now pensioners we have in the country? I would guess not many, at least not from my collective farm. And why? 34 In the 1970s, the government authorized the production of new tractors that would be suitable for female use in the hope of recruiting more women to do these mechanical jobs.

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