Women in Transition: Voices from Lithuania

Women in Transition: Voices from Lithuania

by Suzanne LaFont
     
 

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Written by leading women scholars, this first and only book published about Lithuanian women details the historical, social, economic, and political issues affecting women during the transition from communism to democracy.

Women in Transition addresses the historical, social, economic and political dynamics affecting the lives of women during

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Written by leading women scholars, this first and only book published about Lithuanian women details the historical, social, economic, and political issues affecting women during the transition from communism to democracy.

Women in Transition addresses the historical, social, economic and political dynamics affecting the lives of women during Lithuania’s transition from communism to democracy. This book demonstrates that democracy has not diminished gender discrimination. In fact, the recent political and economic changes threaten to widen the gender gap through a decline in political representation, an increase in women’s unemployment and underemployment, and the threat of restrictive reproductive policies. Furthermore, low birth rates coupled with a sharp rise in nationalism has led to propaganda encouraging women to return to home and family. Women in Transition details how women are responding to these changes.

The first and only book published about Lithuanian women by Lithuanian women, this unique volume fills a gap in knowledge of the country’s society and the role of its women. An important contribution to the growing body of literature on post-communism, the book is written by many of the leading women scholars in Lithuania including the head of the Women’s Studies program and the Chair of the Sociology Department at Vilnius University; the Counsellor to the Parliament on Women’s Issues; the Dean of Kaunas University; and the Chairperson of the Women’s Party of Lithuania. Suzanne LaFont, former Visiting Professor at Kaunas University, has edited the book and provided an introduction.

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The first and only book published about Lithuanian women by Lithuanian women, this unique volume fills a gap in knowledge of the country’s society and the role of its women. An important contribution to the growing body of literature on post-communism, the book is written by many of the leading women scholars in Lithuania including the head of the Women’s Studies program and the Chair of the Sociology Department at Vilnius University; the Counsellor to the Parliament on Women’s Issues; the Dean of Kaunas University; and the Chairperson of the Women’s Party of Lithuania. Suzanne LaFont, former Visiting Professor at Kaunas University, has edited the book and provided an introduction.
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Addresses the historical, social, economic, and political dynamics affecting the lives of women during Lithuania's transition from communism to democracy and demonstrates that democracy has not diminished gender discrimination. Topics include the domestic domain, education and career, reproductive rights, and nationalism. Contributors are leading women scholars in Lithuania. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791438121
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Pages:
137
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne LaFont is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Continuing Education at New York University and author of The Emergence of an Afro-Caribbean Legal Tradition in Jamaica.

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