The Backbone Of Russia
Sociology & Anthropology
Babushkas provide child care, pension money, home-cooked meals, cleaning, shopping, produce from the dacha and canned goods, homework help and tutoring, and many other contributions essential for family well-being, helping their own adult children and helping to raise their grandchildren. [...]many single mothers - and a large number of married mothers for that matter - are not exactly alone in raising their kids. After the Soviet Union's catastrophic loss of some 27 million soldiers and civilians during the Second World War (about half of all World War II casualties), men were in short supply.
Utrata, Jennifer. 2013. "The Backbone of Russia." Russian Life 56(5): 40-43,60-61,6.