The MoscowMetro@MoscowMetro finally hired women as tube drivers. Believe it or not, it was a male-only position until 2021.
Metro had stopped hiring women drivers in the early 1980s.
Moscow metro said Sunday it had hired female drivers for the first time in its recent history, following recent changes in controversial Russian legislation prohibiting women from many professions.
The Russian capital’s transport system, which oversees the sprawling metro system, said in a statement that “the first female electric train drivers in modern history started working for the Moscow metro.”
The ban on access for women to many professions was widely criticized, and a Labor Ministry decree in September last year cut the number of exclusively male professions from 456 to around 100.
The justification that driving metro trains was dangerous because it meant being underground for long periods came under fire because the metro also employs women as cleaners, cashiers and escalator monitors.