Moscow metro hires first women train drivers after ban lifts

Twelve women drivers joined the Russian capital’s transport system on 1 January 2021, after controversial rules banning women from certain jobs were lifted last year.

Women were allowed to drive trains on the network from 1936, but Moscow’s metro stopped hiring women drivers in the early 1980s as the job was listed on the government’s register of jobs deemed too physically demanding or dangerous for women to undertake. 

It was removed from this list last year after many of the physical aspects of the role became automated.

Full story at BBC News


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