Russian Women Value Home, Culture, and Loyalty While family traditions all over the world are changing, focusing more on equality among spouses, women from Russia remain true to traditional values between men and women in relationships. Russian culture relies heavily on the idea that the family is a close, connected, and interdependent unit. For centuries, women have relied on men to provide for the family while women prioritize their duties as a wife and mother above all else. Russian women maintain these values being raised with the traditions of family and loyalty at the forefront of their social maturation. The traditional family values seen throughout Russian culture are impressions from a long history of Soviet rule and communism. While these political systems have died down and the culture has become more independent, the values held within families and taught to children remain very strong especially among Russian women. According Talla Wagner, a marriage and family therapist, in an article on Russian culture from Live Science, "The challenges families faced under communism left individuals highly dependent on family support, which oftentimes required the combining of resources to survive. This created a culture that highly values extended family and maintaining close friendships." These family traditions that permeate Russian culture allow Russian women to be brought up in patriarchal households with family at the center of their lives. As children, these women rely on their fathers for financial and material support. They develop a need for a strong male figure in their lives. After marriage, Russian women view their husband as the provider in their relationship and will do everything in their power to stay loyal and go out of their way to please the husband. This strong male influence of the husband fills the role of provider in the marriage while the woman fills the role of homemaker and caretaker of the children. For this reason, Russian brides are very loyal and do everything they can to continue their relationship and have a happy and successful marriage. The upbringing of Russian women in a heavily patriarchal society makes Russian brides excellent housewives. Many Russian brides opt for being stay-at-home mothers or pursue educational endeavors while taking care of their family. Being taught to prepare for their role as wife and mother throughout their childhood years, Russian women are often magnificent cooks and loving mother figures. They take pride in creating a loving, connected environment for their husband and children, ensuring that all are happy and healthy in the home. Russian brides take doing all of the housework as no surprise as well, as it is not very common to hire housemaids in Russia. They learn early on how to care for a family and how to ensure that a household runs smoothly and pleasantly.