Women in Post Revolutionary Russia
Looks at the opportunities and obstacles faced by women in post revolutionary Russia.
This paper discusses the plight of Soviet women during the time immediately following Lenin’s rise to power, and includes passages from Kollontai’s “The Love of Worker Bees” and the traditional textbook, “Becoming Visible: Women in European History”.
“The last Tsar of Russia abdicated the throne in February of 1917. With the fall of the old regime, many old gender barriers fell, as well. The period after the Bolsheviks rose to power was a time of many changes for all Russians, but none were more affected than the women of the time. Lenin, the leader of the Bolshevik party (later called the Communists) was greatly disturbed by the domestic enslavement of Soviet women, and almost immediately granted political equality for females throughout the nation. With this newfound freedom, women were presented with many new opportunities in all aspects of life, and many challenges, as well.”