Astounding stories by women from the USSR - pioneers and survivors - who reveal their lives from the 1917 revolution to the present day. Intimate, surprising, funny, eccentric, painful and contradictory - this is the unknown history of Russian feminism.
Drawing on the filmmaker’s extensive research, remarkable rare archive footage and encounters with extraordinary and diverse women, Women’s Day explores, amongst other things: survival of the siege of Leningrad in subzero temperatures; the challenge of sex in communal flats; how to smuggle forbidden literature; to fly into space, how to rename a husband - and how to perform the perfect Soviet balletic pirouette. Not to mention the political and cultural complexity of the burning of veils…. We meet the ‘Voice of the USSR’, a Nobel Laureate, a Make-up Internet Sensation, a Cyber Security Boss, a Veteran of Stalingrad, an Exiled Feminist, a Tractorist Heroine and many more. These women lived through a convulsive era of historical and social change. They were forged in a culture that had officially proclaimed women equal to men. They were told they could achieve it all, but at what cost - and what was the reality?