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1979; Hamand, 1980; Debre, 1980). The study of pronatalist po1iey measures in the soeialist eountries of Central and Eastern Europe may provide some guide to the possible evolution of pub1ie opinion and poliey developments in western nations (Kozakiewiez, 1977e; Wander, 1978; MeIntyre, 1980b). , BourgeoisPiehat, 1981; Frejka, 1981). 2 The Woman Question INTRODUCTION Concern with women's rights and sexual equality has long been a tenet of Marxist-Leninist movements. In re cent years women's issues in the United States have been sharpened by the at times acrimonious debates swirling around the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution and a woman's right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.

It will be precisely this society . . which can achieve this task without difficulty" (cited by Meek, 1953; Mehlan, 1970; Besemeres, 1980). Considering the traditional commitment of Marxist movements to women's emancipation and the total volume of writings by Marxists, the amount of theorizing devoted to the "woman question" is sparse. Engels's book is perceived as having laid the foundations both for a social theory of women's oppression and a strategy for women' s emancipation. As noted by Heitlinger (1979), more evidence than Engels offers is needed to clarify the supposedly egalitarian status of women in primitive societies and the process of women's subjugation in relation to the rise of private property, class distinctions, commodity production, the economic isolation of the family, and patrilineal kinship.

Since the late 1960s some changes in thinking about sexual equality have surfaced in several of the Central and Eastern European countries. , Land, 1979). , Heitlinger, 1979). Despite substantial achievements in creating a cultural milieu where economic involvement is assumed to be as central to a woman's life and personal development as had traditionally been assumed for men, the Central and Eastern European governments have not moved very far toward the structural or cultural transformation of society that would be required to permit achievement of equality of career out comes for women who choose to bear children.

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