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A generation of “new women”
Aleksandra Kovaleva and Olga Vladimirskaya
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Olga Vladimirskaya (mother):
I think the women of my generation are too concerned with being women. They wear high heels and uncomfortable clothes; they grow bitter towards men.


By their 30s or 40s, many of them feel disappointed because their youth and beauty have passed. Of course, this does not apply to all women. The information agency where I work has produced a special program titled “Women in Business”. The business women that we interviewed were happy and optimistic, and rather than blaming men, they spoke of harmonious and fruitful business relations with them and of their happy families. I think that my generation has already come to terms with the necessity of becoming “new women” but many do not have the desire or the strength to do it.
That’s why my hopes are with the younger generation of women: with my daughter and those like her. I am proud that they gladly accept me into their circle. That means I too belong to the generation of “new women” and our common traits transcend age.

Aleksandra Kovaleva (daughter):
In my opinion, there are many, many factors that define my generation. But I can say one thing: girls my age have many opportunities and are taking advantage of them all. The doors are open; you can find your own way and stick with it. There’s no need to seek out problems; they’ll find you sure enough and make you stumble, make you think, “Perhaps I should stop, perhaps I should turn back?” Girls my age don’t reflect too much; they simply go forward without looking back. We are confident in ourselves and our strength.
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