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    • Kolkhoz Milker Girl From Soviet Union
    • Soviet-Era Calf-Herds from Kostroma
    • Ethiopian Woman at Work
    • Asian Girl Carrying During Harvesting
    • Engineer at Work in Solar Powered Village in India
    • German Peasants in Fields Before WWII
    • Indigenous Woman From Russian Far East
    • Russian Girl Wearing Traditional Peasant Costume
    • Iranian Women Near Afghan Border
    • Russian Girl Driving Cows
    • Indigenous Girl From Altai Republic in Russia
    • Midsummer Celebration in Siberia
    • Woman From Vietnamese Fishing Village
    • Pretty Banjaran From India
    • Kyrgyz Girl Wearing Traditional Costume
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    A vintage photo of a Soviet milkmaid from a kolkhoz in the central part of Russia near Kostroma, known for its cheese and milk farms.

    Despite hard work and sometimes harsh conditions, these women manage to keep their charm, good nature and liveliness. To celebrate their work and improve their lives across the world, the United Nations has declared the International Day of Rural Women in mid-October. We pay them a tribute with our gallery.


    From fishing villages in Vietnam and solar settlements in modern India to Soviet-era farms in central Russia — these women do their best, taking care of cows and chickens, planting gardens and harvesting crops, to provide food for the planet. Meet our amazing heroines in Sputnik's gallery.


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