The impact of Stalinism on women

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  • Created on: 06-05-18 14:26

Under Lenin, women were given greater rights

  • Soviet propaganda had extolled the new 'liberation' of women; sex discrimination was outlawed and divorce and abortions made easier
  • The family was regarded as a relic of bourgeois society and women took jobs alongside men

For a number of reasons, Stalin reverted to more traditional policies

  • In the 1930s, a fall in population growth, combined with family break-ups and fear of war led Stalin to revert to more traditional policies
  • This 'Great Retreat' was a conscious rejection of the social experiments of the post-revolutionary period

The 'Great Retreat had an impact on marriage, family


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