From the Essay:

There has never been one “woman question” in Russia, but rather many. During an extended stay in St. Petersburg in the summer of 1999, we attended a conference on women’s issues and interviewed a number of women from all over Russia, trying to ascertain for ourselves the state of the “woman question” in post-Soviet Russia. In our conversations with women, it became clear that as some test the new economic and political waters, as others see their future in the traditions of the Orthodox church, and still others feel ill-positioned to succeed in the new Russia, the historical legacy of life under the Soviet system may prove the most difficult challenge for Russian women to overcome. Our discussions did not provide an answer, but we hope that what we learned can add some complexity and nuance to how the question is asked.