In Fyodor Dostoevsky book Crime and Punishment, women at this time in St. Petersburg were not treated equally compared to men in terms of education and authority. In Crime and Punishment, the women in the novel go through a life of hardship. Majority of women, in Crime and Punishment, such as Sonya and Katerina are seen to be some of the women being treated with little or no respect towards men. The women in this story play a motherly role towards the men. Women in the novel might have lived in a male governed city, but it seemed that the words the women spoke in this story were very strong in influencing the men. Sonya plays a major role in Raskolnikov’s life, being the person Raskolnikov opens up to and later relies on. Raskolnikov felt a heavy connection with Sonya because she was a prostitute and he was a murderer, which let him feel like they’ve both committed sins. After Sonya’s self-sacrificing actions had led to Raskolnikov to be dependent on Sonya and soon end up loving her.