Vanora Bennett looks at influential women in Russia's history. In this episode, Vanora profiles Valentina Tereshkova, who in 1963 became the first woman in space.

The Russian doll, that iconic, and rather kitsch, piece of classic folk art, expresses a profound vision of Russian life. The political ones, offering a sly joke about the continuity of a country that also prides itself on revolutionary change, are almost all men, yet women have played their part in Russian history too.

As she finds her fourth doll, Vanora Bennett looks at the achievements of Valentina Tereshkova, who in 1963 became the first woman in space.

Producer Mark Rickards.

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15 minutes