RUSSIA: O, Ekaterina

In the Soviet Union women have the same status as men, and they may be seen laboring in road gangs as well as on assembly lines. But sex equality does not extend up the ladder of achievement. "One cannot overlook the fact," First Party Secretary Nikita Khrushchev told the recent 20th Congress of the Communist Party, "that in a number of party and local government organizations women are seldom promoted to leading posts." Last week Khrushchev himself promoted Ekaterina Furtseva to be an alternate member of the Party Presidium (which succeeded the old Politburo), the highest post ever held...

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