The Role of Women in Revolution

The centenary of the Russian Revolutions has triggered a great deal of interest, not all of which is helpful or illuminating. However, one aspect of the two revolutions of 1917 which has been almost completely disregarded is the role of women.

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3177 09/14/1905 Inessa Armand, prominent activist of international Communist and women's movement, active participant in October 1917 Bolshevik revolution. RIA Novosti/Sputnik Inessa Armand, prominent activist of international...

5. Krupskaya
Source: Marx Memorial Library (MML)
Reference: PHOTO_IND_Krupskaya,Nazdezha

NAZDEZHDA KRUPSKAYA
Although she is known as Lenin’s wife, Krupskaya was a significant revolutionary in her own...

4. HenrySara MRC -Alexandra Kollontai
Source: The Henry Sara Collection at the MRC
ALEXANDRA KOLLONTAI
Kollontai was a socialist feminist active in the working class women’s movement...

10. What Women gained from the Russian Revolution 1920 Source: Marx Memorial Library (MML)

'What the Russian Revolution gave to women workers and peasants.' The woman in the poster gestures toward...

3. International Women's Day demonstration of women workers - February 1917Source: Marx Memorial Library (MML)
Reference: PHOTO_SUB_SOVIET_UNION_1917_REVOLUTION+...

750055 03/03/1917 Women revolutionaries Olga Lazo (left) and Varvara Kosenko. 1917. RIA Novosti/Sputnik 750055 03/03/1917 Women revolutionaries Olga Lazo (left) and Varvara Kosenko. 1917. RIA...

'Women were at the forefront of both Revolutions in 1917 and were vital in ensuring the survival of the young Soviet State', says Professor Mary Davis.

The centenary of the Russian Revolution has triggered a great deal of interest, not all of which is helpful or illuminating. However, one aspect of the two revolutions of 1917 which has been almost completely disregarded is the role of...

8. SCRSS_WomensMilitia1919Source: SCRSS

2. Rabotnitsa - The Woman WorkerSource: Marx Memorial Library (MML)

Lenin actively supported campaigning among working women and was among those who advocated the publication of a new paper, ‘Rabotnitsa’ (‘The...