«Women of Belarus» Series
Calendar-2004: Statuses and Classes
(Zhenshchiny Belarusi: statusy i classy)
Editor: Elena Gapova
Design: Ŕlla Pigalskaya
Minsk: European Humanities University, 2003
Language: Russian with English abstracts; 26 pgs.
The new calendar of the «Women of Belarus» series, as well as the previous
three, measures our present by telling us a history of women in the
Belarusian lands of the Russian Empire. This time this is their social
history. How different «The Statuses and Classes» of women in the
turn-of-the-century photos are: a «real» photo album could hardly bring
together a Roma woman, a school teacher, a balerina, and a Jewish factory
worker, i.e. people differentiated not only ethnically and socially, but by
their occupations and ways of earning a living. Women have always worked
(although they may not have worked the way they do now, out of the home of
family business), and photos from Belarusian archives and museums are an
excellent textimony to this.
The four issues of the series have already presented a part of our history,
viewed differently, than ever before.
- Calendar-2001: Women of Belarus: Roads to Freedom (out of print).
- Calendar-2002: Women of Belarus: Creators of Culture (women-artists from
the 18 c. to present; most paintings never published before; Second Prize at
the Belarusian book competition of 2002).
- Calendar-2003: Women of Belarus: At the Personal Front (posters and
women's journals from the 1920-s. Excellent design).
The issues are available with East View Publications ( www.eastview.com )
either separately (database number of the 2004 issue is L2001868),
or as a series (YL000136).
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