In the wake of communism’s decline, women’s concerns had become increasingly important in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Yet most discussions of post-communism changes had neglected women’s experiences.
Originally published in 1993, this title was the first collection of its kind, presenting original essays by women scholars, politicians, activists, and former dissidents from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, along with essays by Western feminists and scholars. They discuss gender politics during the often turbulent transition and crises of post-communism, offering vivid accounts and analyses of the conditions facing women in each country.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments. Introduction: Women and Post-Communism Bulgaria 1. Thinking Gender: Bulgarian Women’s Im/possibilities Rossica Panova, Raina Gavrilova, and Cornelia Merdzanska 2. The Winding Road to Emancipation in Bulgaria Dimitrina Petrova 3. The Bulgarian Case: Women’s Issues or Feminist Issues? Maria Todorova Romania 4. Women in Romania Doina Pasca Harsanyi 5. Women in Romania: Before and After the Collapse Mariana Hausleitner Czech and Slovak Republics 6. A Few Prefeminist Thoughts Hana Havelková 7. Are Women in Central and Eastern Europe Conservative? Jiřina Šiklová 8. The Emancipation of Women: A Concept that Failed Zuzaná Kiczkova and Etela Farkašová 9. The Impact of the Transition from Communism on the Status of Women in the Czech and Slovak Republics Alena Heitlinger Former Yugoslavia 10. Women and Nationalism in the Former Yugoslavia Andjelka Milić 11. Women and the New Democracy in the Former Yugoslavia Slavenka Drakulić 12. Women’s Time in the Former Yugoslavia Daša Duhaček Former German Democratic Republic 13. Women in the German Democratic Republic and in the New Federal States: Looking Backward and Forward (Five Theses) Hildegard Maria Nickel 14. The Women’s Question as a Democratic Question: In Search of Civil Society Tatiana Böhm 15. Lesbians and their Emancipation in the Former German Democratic Republic: Past and Future Christina Schenk 16. "But the Pictures Stay the Same …" The Image of Women in the Journal Für Dich Before and After the "Turning Point" Irene Dölling 17. The Organized Women’s Movement in the Collapse of the GDR: The Independent Women’s Association (UFV) Anne Hampele 18. Abortion and German Unification Nanette Funk Hungary 19. "Totalitarian Lib": The Legacy of Communism for Hungarian Women Enikö Bollobás 20. Feminism and Hungary Maria Adamik 21. No Envy, No Pity Olga Tóth 22. Gender Politics in Hungary: Autonomy and Antifeminism Joanna Goven Poland 23. Abortion and the Formation of the Public Sphere in Poland Małgorzata Fuszara 24. Political Change in Poland: Cause, Modifier, or Barrier to Gender Equality? Anna Titkow 25. Feminism in the Interstices of Politics and Culture: Poland in Transition Ewa Hauser, Barbara Heyns and Jane Mansbridge Former USSR-Commonwealth of Independent States 26. Soviet Women at the Crossroads of Perestroika Larissa Lissyutkina 27. Finding a Voice: The Emergence of a Women’s Movement Elizabeth Waters Reflections from Outside 28. Eastern European Male Democracies: A Problem of Unequal Equality Zillah Eisenstein 29. Feminism East and West Nanette Funk. Contributors. Index.