The investigation will explore the question, to what extent did communism give women greater equality. The years 1920’s to 1990’s will be focus on this investigation, to show an analysis of women roles during communism in Russia and how it gave them more equality. The definition of equality is the state of being equal, as in having the same status and rights as others.The first source that will be evaluated in reference of my topic is Norma Noonan’s book “Russian Women in Politics and Society, written in 1996. The origin of this source is valuable because Noonan” is professor who study political science at Augsburg in 1966, she was trained in comparative and international politics, and her philosophy special areas of interest include Russia, Russian foreign policy, political leadership, women and leadership. Noonan has written and published books and journals, showing that she is knowledgeable on communism in Russia. Even though the date of publication of this source is 1996, it increases the value, as it specify that Noonan, having an advantage from the the sources.
However, this origin of source is limited because Noonan could’ve added more information about how women was given greater equality during communism. Noonan fully explained how women didn’t really had rights but not fully explained how the women was giving greater equality.The purpose of Noonan’s book was to analyze women’s rights in Russia, like how they couldn’t vote or about the education and abortions in the 1910’s to 1940’s time period. This source is valuable, for my topic because it specify that an extended time period has been reviewed, which is allowing for connections to be made between the women rights and roles.
However, the fact that Noonan, had describe the leadership of women in Russia, this limits it values to a person studying communism in a short time period.The second source evaluated is Anna Krylova book Soviet Women in Combat: A History of Violence on the Eastern Front which was published in 2010. The origin of my source is valuable because Krylova is an associate professor of History and the Program of Gender, Sexuality and Feminism Studies and a gender historian. Krylova has written and published historical books about Soviet and gender, which show her knowledge about the challenges of envisioning and building a socialist alternative in the age of industrial and post-industrial modernity and globalization. Even though the date of publication of this source is 2010, it increase the value, because it’s an older edition and can more information from different pieces, that Krylova, had more advantages for this source because she can show her perspective and her knowledge since she studies this topic.
However this source is limited, because it’s not really explaining the communism. The purpose of Krylova book was to analyze gender roles in Soviet and how show the violence in Russia. This is really not valuable, because Krylova not really talking about communism and that’s what my topic is mainly focusing on, Krylova is connecting the topic, to gender roles and Soviet. However, the fact that Krylova, had explained her knowledge on Soviet women, it’s limits on a person knowledge because she doesn’t really bring up communism. This source can be valuable because Krylova explains the women’s roles during the time period that I’m focusing on.