Communes were a huge failure in helping women. In theory, they freed women from the traditional family system and allowed them to work, equal to men. In reality, this was far from the case. Kindergartens were of a terrible standard – they didn’t look after children effectively, in one kindergarten, 90% of children fell ill. The food in the canteens was poor and not enough was given out, women fell ill and got less than men. Overall, women were still second rate to men, but there were now even more problems for them to carry – many turned to prostitution and suicide was rife.