Russian Women After the Cold War
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The idea for this project came from a paper that I wrote for my Foreign study program. Our civilization teacher was very interested in the "woman question" in Russia, and based many of her lectures on women's status under the old regime, and why this explained some of the reasons behind the trouble in Russia today. I decided that I would interview a few of the women that I knew about their lives, what they think about work, family, and politics. When I read over the finished product, I realized that I wanted to study this question further. Once I got to Russia, I expected to start research immediately, but ran up against the proverbial brick walls. The women's center where I expected to work and from which I hoped to find women to interview told me that they didn't need me and didn't have time to help me. The woman with whom I had talked before I left from Foreign Study was in America for 3 weeks. I had also wanted to talk to my civilization teacher about the questions I had thought up, but her phone was out of order and continued to be so for a month, although I finally did get to talk to her. After succumbing to despair for a few days, I pulled myself out of it and started to ask the people I knew if I could interview them. This turned out to be best, because they felt more comfortable answering personal questions. I could still carry the project off.