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Women Workers in the Soviet Interwar Economy From 'Protection' to 'Equality' by Melanie Ilic

Women Workers in the Soviet Interwar Economy From 'Protection' to 'Equality'

Part of the Studies in Russian and East European History and Society Series


Women Workers in the Soviet Interwar Economy From 'Protection' to 'Equality' by Melanie Ilic

This book examines changes in official Soviet policy towards the labour protection of women workers, 1917-41. Important legislative enactments are analysed. In the 1920s emphasis was placed on the 'protection' of female labour by the agencies responsible for regulating women's role in industrial production. With the mass recruitment of women workers to the Soviet industrialisation drive by the early 1930s, labour protection issues were often ignored as women were encouraged to play a more 'equal' role in the production process.


'...closely researched and argued book.' - Beryl Williams, Labour History Review'

About the Author

Melanie Ilic is Senior Lecturer in History and Women's Studies at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education.

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Publication date

21st December 1998


Melanie Ilic

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Palgrave Macmillan


241 pages


Sociology: work & labour



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