A list of jobs and professions prohibited for women in Russia is going to be amended in the near future, Russia’s Labour Minister Maxim Topilin told reporters on Friday.
The list contains 456 professions in 39 industries – mostly those requiring work with various chemicals, heavy machinery or complex vehicles – that are considered dangerous for women’s health. It was adopted in 1974 and last revised in 2000.
According to Mr Topilin, women will now be allowed to take jobs in six out of these 39 categories: bread-making, sea, river, air and railway transport, driving heavy trucks and specialised vehicles.
From memory, also not allowed to take a driving test while either pregnant or lactating.
Soviets weren’t in fact feminist at all, despite what we get told by all too many today and then. But perhaps more importantly, an example of how difficult it is to change the nuts and bolts of a society.