This study considers the impact of industrialisation, revolution and world war on women's working lives in Russia. Unlike existing studies this new text looks at women from all social classes. In the process the authors reveal how the stereotypical portrayal of Russian women's work as a struggle of endurance and sacrifice distorts and oversimplifies the reality of their experience between 1880 and 1930.
Introduction. 1. To Labour, to Bear and to Endure: The Lot of the Russian Woman Worker? Part One: Society, Politics and the Economy, 1880-1914. 2. Women in Society and Economy Before the First World War. 3. Women and Politics Before the First World War. Part Two: From World War to the New Society 1914-1930. 4. From World War to Revolution. 5. Working Women, Civil War and the New Society 1918-1930. Epilogue. Glossary.