The first National Action Plans for the Advancement of Women were adopted more than 20 years ago. Nevertheless the gender inequality level in Russia has not decreased. The Russian state, like the Soviet one, while solving problems of women acts in the national interests but not in the individual ones. The analysis of state strategic documents shows that the task of strengthening women as political actors (implementation of Women Empowerment policy) is not put forward. In fact, the governmental woman policy is replaced by family and demographic ones. The process of following the traditionalist gender norms in a modernizing society devalues the gender policy. The National Strategy of activity for Women for the period from 2017 to 2022 was adopted in our country in March 2017, though the draft of Federal Law “About State Guarantees of Equal Rights and Freedoms of Men and Women and Equal Opportunities for Their Implementation” was rejected in July 2018. In these conditions, the academic gender community should not only investigate the Russian gender issues, but also initiate an expert discussion of gender issues in media.
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