Kristen Ghodsee author of "The Red Riviera" and professor of Gender and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College


Under Communism, Bulgaria developed a robust tourist industry mainly oriented to visiting families from socialist countries. Women achieved considerable success in that industry in a variety of professions; including the most lucrative administrative positions. With the transition of capitalism tourism remains a prestigious career and it is still dominated by Bulgarian women. Western feminist experts generally fail to appreciate this record of success and their prescriptions for Bulgarian women are, therefore, often inaccurate. Kristen Ghodsee, author of Red Riviera, explains why.