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‘Mother Russia’ at Work: Gender Divisions in the Medical Profession

Harden, Jeni


Jeni Harden


One of the most significant changes in the medical professions in Europe is the trend towards feminization. Some of the patterns of gender inequality arising from the feminization of the European medical professions are clearly apparent within the Russian medical profession, which experienced feminization 70 years ago. Yet little is known about the processes by which these patterns of gender inequality emerged and were maintained. This article is based on interviews with female doctors in Voronezh, Russia in 1996. It explores the attitudes of these women to gender divisions within the medical profession. This is placed within the wider context of Soviet and post-Soviet employment and family policies directed at women. It is suggested that the material and ideological focus on women's role in reproduction had direct implications for the choices women made in relation to paid labour


Harden, J. (2001). ‘Mother Russia’ at Work: Gender Divisions in the Medical Profession. European Journal of Women's Studies, 8(2), 181-199.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jul 25, 2016
Publication Date 2001-05
Deposit Date Apr 16, 2008
Print ISSN 1350-5068
Electronic ISSN 1461-7420
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 2
Pages 181-199
Keywords gender inequality, medical profession, occupational segregation, Russia, Soviet Union
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