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No, things are not different from the States. They are pretty much the same. She has different perspective because she probably comes from a privileged environment. If she says that she studied abroad, then she comes from money and influence, possibly her family were higher rank in the communist structures, that’s why she had the means and access to education abroad. Smart poor children from her country can do that only rarely. Of course she wasn’t discriminated on account of her gender, nobody would dare. Former high rank members of the communist party are the foundation of the new rich layer of their society.

I didn’t feel discriminated in my professional either, and it was the only one positive outcomes of the communist regime; they tried to rise up to the idea of equality professed by the communist ideology — we were taught in school that boys and girls are equal, men and women are equal. They made school classes half boys, half girls, we had school desks with two seats linked together and we were obliged to sit in them only in pairs of a boy and a girl in order to bond, you know, like the police partner s in the same police car. And it was a good thing for my generation, we were pals, we grew up together, we had no secrets, the girls knew all about the boys, the boy knew all about the girls, and we didn’t grow up feeling that girls are from Venus and boys are from Mars. Even from second grade we were organized like an army, with the implied hierarchy: the class was divided into sort of army detachments, each with their commander. I was the commander of one detachment and it didn’t mater that I was a girl. I was appointed that based on my school performance. There was commander in command of the whole class who was a boy, and a higher commander of the whole school, who was a girl — that student who was the best at everything. But the good parts stop there. At age 14. Once highschool started, the differences between boys and girls hit us hard. If only for the fact that we were perceived as women who could procreate and there was a policy of forced demographic increase. There was a decree coming into force in the late 60s by which abortion was forbidden which resulted in a baby boom. Half of my generation were unwanted children. Women started to find ways around that and resort to illegal abortion, and because of that there were impromptu gynecological check ups in schools and workplaces to catch any pregnant women before they could stop the pregnancy. They would herd us like cattle and led in line to an ad hoc control point, often set up in the principal’s office. In front of all the school. And the boys' comments were not so nice, although any pregnant girl hadn’t gotten knocked up by having sex with herself. But they weren’t berated for that behavior, they were encouraged, and if we came up with a retort, we were silenced and put to ‘our place, because we were girls and we should be’.

It is only a small part of what women were treated an I’ll stop here because it is supposed to be a response and it got too long already.