Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science and International Studies

First Advisor

Prof. Anna Terwiel

Second Advisor

Prof. Reo Matsuzaki


This thesis aims to explore women’s participation in contentious politics in post-Soviet Eurasia states. In both Belarus and Ukraine, women were both visible and invisible drivers of demonstrations: attending marches, creating solidarity chains, supporting other protestors, providing medical assistance, participating in peace-keeping, etc. By performing different gender roles and utilizing particular gender symbols, women were able to claim their presence in these protest spaces. However, such moments of upheaval tend to create both opportunities and threats for women. The thesis will identify what gender roles, symbols, and discourses women utilized in the 2020-21 Belarus uprising and the 2013-14 Euromaidan protest in Ukraine, and assess the socio-political significance of gendered performances in these specific contexts.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies.