Sarah Gormady

Gessie Belizaire

University of New Hampshire

International Affairs and Political Science


2008

Mentor: Dr. Marla Brettschneider, UNH Departments of Women's Studies and Political Science

Bolshevik Intentions: The Political Socialization of Jewish Women in Soviet Russia

Sarah Gormady, an international affairs and political science dual major from Durham, NH, will spend the summer interviewing Jewish women in St. Petersburg, Russia, about their experiences living in Revolutionary and Stalinist Russia. With funding awarded by the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP), this McNair Scholar and Honors Program student will collect oral histories from women, whom, she describes, "...have had a peculiar path from oppression through realizations of international feminist dreams to being oppressed once again in the 1940s because of their status as Jews."

Through her interviews, Sarah will learn about these women's experiences by asking: What were Jewish women's roles in the Bolshevik Revolution and early Soviet government? What became to women as a population subgroup leading up to World War II? And, how were these women's lives affected by the emergence of official anti‐Semitism after World War II? She will explore issues of family life, opportunity for higher education, and gender trends in the professional work place.

 

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