How Did Stalin Change Russia's Attitude Towards Women

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During the first Five-Year Plan Stalin made the Soviet Union go through a drastic change to modernise and industrialise, attempting to transform society and the economy into a successful and progressive state. With the many challenge that were met, women in the USSR became a vital part in society in order to achieve the targets of the plan. In theory the Bolsheviks believed in equality for women yet in practice emancipation had not yet succeeded.
This paper will discuss the state's attitude towards women's position in the Five-Year Plan and will argue that the state had an ambiguous attitude towards women. It started of as indifferent but due to economic challenges in the early 1930s attitude's changed. The change in the state's policy meant the incorporation of more women into labour that created opportunities for women's emancipation yet the state's motives had a different origin and were mainly egoistic in nature. It will then analyse the different changes that the state adopted in order to change attitude's to women in society which include
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It was considered that socialism would encourage women to partake in the labour force where they would gain independence and equivalence status with men.1 This utopian ideal existed throughout the 1920s but it was not a matter that was pressed on significantly at that time. Even when the Five-Year Plan started women were, to a certain extent, excluded or forgotten during the project.2 This is partly because the forced industrialisation had a particular focus on heavy industry. This was in the first place not a field of significant female employment and secondly, made that industry had a precedence over social issues. Moreover, the concentration on heavy industry caused a neglect in other areas of industry3 as well as society issues. Stalin and his party might have been interested in changing women's role in the Soviet Union but priority was given
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