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Arkhangelsk region is huge. Its territory is not less than that of France. Conditions of living in various populated places are unequal. According to statistical data today in the region there are about more than 150 thousands of women than men. For historical reasons, life in the North is not the best one: these are hard, special climatic conditions, hard work, lack of sun and warmth as well as light. This surely has an impact on qualities that women living in the North have.
For historical reasons women on the banks of White Sea, on the Kola land, in forests of Karelia, and in the whole Russian North had to deal with many problems, keep the house, take responsibility for their family and kids when men left for work. However, this was characteristic not of Russia only. Northern people are optimistic and hard-working, and, the main thing, they are passionate. They are inventive, active, and ambitious. In our hard time they are not used to surrendering to circumstances. Their life plans are connected with the North. These are women who are more and more often involved in charity work, start social projects which seem to be not unprofitable to men. For this not only businesslike qualities are demanded, but a zest for life, being open, faith in one’s own forces and a feminine quality of charity. Here tolerance is also demanded, as well as knowing how to feel oneself a part of Nature and Universe.
Last year on the City Day of Arkhangelsk on the main pedestrian street of the city a monument to “Russian wives – domestic goddesses’ was opened. The author of this composition is a deserved artist of Russia Sergey Syuhin. According to his words, the fate of a Russian woman is to wait. The composition includes three figures – a woman, a child and a cat symbolizing a fireside comfort.