Women in the Khrushchev Era by Melanie Ilič, Susan E. Reid, Lynne Attwood (eds.)

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30–1; I. Lyandres, ‘Mastit’, Krest’yanka, no. 8, 1962, p. 31. ‘Govoryat materi’, Krest’yanka, no. 8, 1956, p. 24. ‘“I Hate Mother” – a Girl’s Letter and Some Replies’, CDSP, no. 24, 1964, pp. 18–20 (condensed text from Komsomol’skaya pravda, 17 May 1964). See, for example, Ye. P. ’, Rabotnitsa, no. 11, 1957, p. ’, Rabotnitsa, no. 9, 1958, p. 30; I. Rozovskii, ‘Abort’, Krest’yanka, no. 8, 1961, p. 31. V. Tankinov, ‘O sueverii i predrassudakh’, Krest’yanka, no. 4, 1956, p. 24; G. Akulenko, ‘Po sledam odnogo pis’ma’, Krest’yanka, no.

The pattern here is unmistakable. Women were shunted either into routine, mostly manual auxiliary jobs, or the less skilled production trades. The more skilled, better-paid and rewarding the work, the fewer women there were doing it. Perhaps even more striking was the situation in the textile industry, where women made up three-quarters of the workforce and nearly 100 per cent of basic production trades, such as spinners, weavers, winders, twisters and knitters. As in engineering, however, they were an infinitesimal share of skilled tool-setters, deputy foremen (whose main job was also tool-setting) and tuners.

Komsomol’skaya Opinion Poll on Family and Marriage’, CDSP, no. 9, 1962, pp. 17–19 (complete texts from Komsomol’skaya pravda, 17 December 1961; condensed text from Komsomol’skaya pravda, 24 December 1961; complete and condensed texts from Komsomol’skaya pravda, 6 January 1962). ‘You are a Wife’, CDSP, no. 14, 1960, pp. 31–2 (complete text from Pravda Ukrainy, 27 March 1960). See, for example, Krest’yanka, no. 9, 1957, letters page; Ye. Kononenko, ‘Razgovor o semeinom schast’e’, Krest’yanka, no.

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