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Biographical note:

Nadezdha (Nadia) Azhgikhina is a journalist, literary critic, and feminist organizer. She graduated university in 1982 and began her career as a reporter for the national daily, Komsomolskaya Pravda. In 1989, she received an advanced degree in literature from Moscow University and, with the coming of perestroika, began to work on the magazine Ogonyek, the leading intellectual journal of that time. In 1992, she founded

the Association of Russian Women Journalists with Irina Jurna. The Association has received support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Open Society Institute for its studies of the image of women in the Russian media, and its programming to raise consciousness. Between 1995 and 2001, Azhgikhina was a staff journalist on the daily Nezavisimaya gazeta (Moscow Independent), where she inaugurated the first women's page in a Russian newspaper. When its founder and editor was suddenly fired by the paper's owner in 2001, she became a staff member of the Secretariat of the Union of Russian Journalists. Azhigikina has written or edited six books or pamphlets, is the co-editor with Colette Shulman of the women's studies journal, We/Myi: The Women's Dialogue, and teaches journalism at Moscow University.



  • "A Movement Is Born." The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (July-August 1995), p. 49.
  • "The Outcasts." Interview. We/Myi, issue 3, 19 (1999).
  • "Stepdaughters of Post-Soviet Liberation: Women in Russia and Other States Broken Empires." Paper presented at conference "Between the Bloc and the Hard Place: Moving towards Europe in Post-Communist States?" London, November 6-7, 1999.
  • "Empowering Russia's Women: Will Their Potential Be Tapped?" In Russia's Fate Through Russian Eyes: Voices of the New Generation. Edited by Heyward Isham with Natan M. Shklyar. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2000.
  • The Power of the Word II: Women's Voices and the New European Order. Edited by Nadezdha Azhgikhina and Meredith Tax. New York: Women's WORLD, 2000.
  • We/Myi:The Women's Dialogue, a Russian-language magazine for Russian women (with summaries in English). Co-editor with Colette Shulman.
  • Ingalls, Laura. "Russian Press Treads New Waters." Arizona Daily Wildcat, November 14, 1994.


We/Myi: The Women's Dialogue