A Revolution of Their Own: Voices of Women in Soviet History by Barbara Alpern Engel, Anastasia Posadskaya-Vanderbeck

By Barbara Alpern Engel, Anastasia Posadskaya-Vanderbeck

The tales of those 8 Russian ladies supply an incredibly infrequent viewpoint into own lifestyles within the Soviet period. a few have been from the bad peasantry and dealing category, teams in whose identify the revolution used to be conducted and who occasionally won unparalleled possibilities after the revolution. Others, born to “misfortune” because the daughters of nobles, parish monks, or these peasants termed well-to-do, suffered bitterly as enemies to a brand new executive. the ladies interviewed right here converse candidly approximately family members existence, paintings, sexual family members, marriage and divorce, childbirth and childbearing, and legalized abortion and the underground pursuit of such providers after abortion used to be outlawed in 1936.As no prior publication has performed, A Revolution in their Own illuminates the cruel truth of women’s day-by-day lives within the Soviet Union in addition to unearths the accomplishments made attainable via the elevated possibilities that the hot Soviet executive supplied for girls. Their tales express why many Russian girls proceed to show pride within the public achievements of the Soviet interval regardless of, or maybe as a result of, the painful fee every one used to be made to pay.

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What’s more, he objected to the fact that I worked the evening and night shifts there because that meant we didn’t get to spend the night together, like a real husband and wife, if you know what I mean. And so I decided to quit my job. For the good of the family, so to speak. But he didn’t object to your working as a driver? No, he didn’t. 21. She was given lighter work because of her pregnancy. qxd 10/24/00 3:25 PM Page 39 Living Someone Else’s Life 39 And this was largely day work? Yes, that’s right.

Only much later in the interview did she reveal the painful fact that in order to get to Moscow in the first place, she had to write a letter repudiating her family. This action protected her in many instances, including the one she mentioned here. qxd 10/24/00 3:25 PM Page 30 30 A N N A A K I M O V N A D U B O VA . . it was very hard on him. After this he got sick and began to waste away. Just imagine, he began to waste away! Where could we go with no money, with nothing . . But you had all been given passports?

You mean to say that there was absolutely no childcare available? Well, there was, but very little. And what’s more, at that time it was considered shameful to put your child in childcare—as bad as it is today to put your newborn in an orphanage. And why was that? Was it because children were not well looked after in day-care facilities? Most likely it was because day-care centers were associated with orphanages, looked upon as shelters for abandoned children. That’s the way it had been after the civil war, and that image of them was still fresh in people’s memories.

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