In recent years, American and Western European policymakers and business leaders have been forced to confront stark gender imbalances within prestigious and well-paid fields, including medicine, science, and engineering. Although some wish to lay the blame on intrinsic neurobiological differences between the sexes, a glance toward the East deflates this argument. In 2015, an OECD report on health found that six of the top 10 countries with the highest percentage of female doctors are in Eastern Europe. An astounding three-fourths of all doctors in Estonia are women, compared to only one-third of the doctors in the United States. A 2015 UNESCO report determined that Eastern European countries have far more women working in the fields of research and development than in Western Europe. Of the top 10 European nations with the highest percentage of women working in the “high-tech sector,” eight of them...
Crashing the Party: The radical legacy of a Soviet-era feminist
KRISTEN R. GHODSEE is professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in the lived experiences of socialism and postsocialism in Eastern Europe. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Dissent, Aeon, and the New York Times, and she is the author of seven books, most recently, Red Hangover: Legacies of 20th Century Communism (Duke University Press, 2017).
Kristen R. Ghodsee; Crashing the Party: The radical legacy of a Soviet-era feminist. World Policy Journal 1 June 2018; 35 (2): 70–74. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07402775-7085877
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