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Scholars Day: April 9, 2014

Women's Vulnerability at the Collapse of the Soviet Union

Before the Soviet Union collapsed, women were already at a disadvantage. While they were working hard at home, their husbands were obtaining valued resources such as more work experience, more money, and more status. They were climbing up the professional ladder while their wives were at home. After the Soviet Union collapsed, the economy plummeted. As a result, jobs and the pay for those jobs decreased significantly and out of the small job opportunities that were left, most of them went to the men who had more work experience. Women then became susceptible to the luring advertisements of the sex slave trade. These advertisements promised a good job and large profits for women. As a result, women would go into the urban areas for a job to find themselves forced into the sex slave trade. This is extremely significant as the same effects that occurred in Russia are being seen again throughout the world. For example, Greece just had a huge economic collapse, and women of low economic status probably took the same road as the women in Russia. This essay is not saying that the low economic conditions are the sole cause of the sex slave trade, but this essay is arguing that poor economic conditions often have a disastrous result for women.

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Presenter: Amber Wodraska (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Women and Gender Studies
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 3:45 pm Session V