What Makes a Russian Superwoman?

This woman has short nails with mud underneath. She milks the cow, feeds the chickens and ducks, makes butter and cottage cheese, cultivates the vegetables and hoes the garden. I was standing near my father as Anya explained her daily routine.  His jaw dropped as he asked if she really does all this work by herself. She does.

If Anya is a Superwoman according to my father’s standards, many, many people here in southern Russia are as well.

 

Anya

Superwoman stand

babies!

 

Sometimes a cow won't let you milk her if you've never met her. She will tighten up  and release little to no milk.

Sometimes a cow won’t let you milk her if you’ve never met her. She will tighten up and release little to no milk.

Carrying

Mayka

hoeing the garden

The well

superwoman

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