How far did the opportunities available to women change under Stalin

So here's a table I've completed in a previous lesson, i guess for a exam question plan but more as an overall conclusion as to whether things did change significantly for women during Stalin's ruling

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How far did the opportunities available to women change
under Stalin
Evidence that women had Evidence that women had limited opportunities in
greater opportunity in Stalinist Russia
Stalinist Russia
1940: 13 million employed o Communist Central Committee closed for women (Zhenotdel)
41% in heavy industry
o Women & men not equal as female party members paid little
Increased technical attention
education from 20% to 40%
(Doubled)
o Only 3 million in 1928 employed
80% of collective farm
o Income only 60-65% of men's wage
workers female
Represented in Stakhonovite
o Rewards introduced for large families (isolating women)
movement in countryside
X7 children = 2,000 r for 5 years
2 most celebrated X11 children = 5,000 r
Stakhonovites both female
o 2,730 families had 8 children
Higher class had slightly 1,032 had 10 children
more freedom 160 had more than 10 children
o Discouraged abortion (illegal) unless it is to save women's
life
`undeserving women' were sentenced to 2 years in
presentment
Husbands who pressured termination faced same penalty
o Expected to be responsible for household & work on
collective farms etc
o Party members wives had to do community work (raise
money for ill children...)
eventually frowned upon
o 5 times longer spent on household chores than men
o Frowned upon to wear make-up or inappropriate clothing

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