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The Aleksanteri Institute

Unioninkatu 33 (P.O. Box 42)
00014 University of Helsinki

Past Aleksanteri Conferences

Women's Place in Russian Modernization: Moving Toward the Year 2030

Chair: Marina Khmelnitskaya (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland)
Discussant: Judith Pallot (University of Oxford, UK)
Olga Savinskaya (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia): Young Women and Careers in STEM: Gender Dimensions of Russian Technological Development
Ekaterina Kochergina (Levada Center, Russia): Russian Societal Responses to Neo-Traditionalist Politics: Attitudes Towards Abortion
Nechemias (Penn State Harrisburg, USA): Women in the Russian Economy: Current Status and Future Trends

This panel addresses women’s changing status in the Russian Federation and how those changes might influence Russia’s development in the near future. We especially focus attention on continuity and change in women’s involvement in areas like education, business, science, and the political system. A key question centers on the contours of women’s contributions to modernization in the next 20 to 30 years. What role will women play in the areas of science and technology and in the economy at large? Will women hold more political leadership positions and represent more of a political force in society? Overall, how will public opinion toward women’s place in society shape/reshape women’s roles and opportunities? Will neo-traditionalist state policies slow or even reverse women’s progress as significant societal actors? Our panelists explore topics directly related to these questions. Olga Savinskaya’s research focuses on girls’ and women’s presence in science, technology, engineering and math; she will explore past legacies, present realities, and women’s future opportunities and potential. Ekaterina Kochergina looks at changes in attitudes toward abortion rights and whether that ties in with more traditional stances toward women’s place in society, including a greater emphasis on women’s reproductive rather than productive functions. Carol Nechemias will examine trends in women’s labor force participation, including the social capital women bring to the workplace, horizontal and vertical lines of gender segregation, and pay gaps. Nadezhda Shvedova’s paper investigates women as political actors, trends in women’s representation in key governing institutions and the potential for women emerging as a societal force articulating and pressing for improvements in women’s status. Overall, the stress is on how women fit into possible avenues of Russian modernization.