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Dawn Nowacki & Sue Davis

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 41: Women's Leadership in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Belarus

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Women's Leadership in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Belarus
Women's leadership in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Belarus

Women's leadership and representation in post-Soviet states has declined dramatically since the Soviet period, even though women in these states have many of the characteristics associated with higher levels of women's leadership in other countries: almost 100% literacy rates, a large proportion having higher education, extremely high labor force participation, and, especially in Russia and Ukraine, high levels of urbanization. Adverse economic circumstances, in addition to a resurgence of traditional discourses about women's proper place ...

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