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Book chapter

Soviet Female Experts in the Polar Regions

P. 267-283.

Claimed since the first years of the Soviet regime, the equality of men and women in the issue of professional occupation affected the development of polar sciences in the USSR, which previously had been primarily male’s field. The chapter explores the role of women in Soviet Arctic and Antarctic exploration in 1930s- 1960s by focusing on professional careers of two distinguished female polar researchers: marine geologist Maria Klenova and northern architect Tatiana Rimskaya-Korsakova. The analysis of two different biographies elucidates how female experts in the field of Soviet Northern researches built individual strategies in their professional life, what were particular constrains and possible advantages, how they and their contemporaries reflect on their experience.