[COLLECTION OF THE RUSSIAN PRE-REVOLUTIONARY FEMINIST LITERATURE]
[COLLECTION OF THE RUSSIAN PRE-REVOLUTIONARY FEMINIST LITERATURE]

[COLLECTION OF THE RUSSIAN PRE-REVOLUTIONARY FEMINIST LITERATURE]

Item #1035

1) Ivanova, Z. [Mirovich, N.] Iz istorii zhenskogo dvizheniia v Rossii [i.e. From the History of Women’s Movement in Russia]. Moscow: Tipografiia T-va I.D. Sytina, 1908. 60 pp.
2) Ivanova, Z. [Mirovich, N.] Zhenskoe dvizhenie v Evrope i Amerike [i.e. Women’s Movement in Europe and America]. Moscow: Tipografiia T-va I.D. Sytina, [1907]. 48 pp.
3) Novik, I. Bor’ba za politicheskie prava zhenshchin [i.e. Women’s Fight for the Political Rights].Moscow: Tipografiia T-va I.D. Sytina, 1906. 64 pp.
4) Mill’, D. Izbiratel’nye prava zhenshchin [i.e. Women’s Suffrage]. Moscow: Tipografiia T-va I.D. Sytina, 1905. 23 pp. 19,5x14 cm. In contemporary full-cloth with gilt lettering on the front cover and spine. Rubbed, some fragments of cloth on the back cover lost, list of works hand-written on verso of the front flyleaf. Otherwise very good.
Very rare. This is an important summelband related to women’s liberalization in Russia. It includes two works written and two ones translated by the well-known feminist, historian and critic Zinaida Ivanova (1865-1913; pen-name N. Mirovich). She graduated from Guerrier Higher Courses for Women, contributed to magazines ‘Education’, ‘Women’s Business’, ‘Russian Thought’, ‘Herald of Education’, etc. composing own articles and translating foreign works. Ivanova participated in Copenhagen Conference (1906) where reported the history of Russian women’s movement (edition #1). In Russia she gave lectures connecting with speeches of other delegates. Among texts she promoted were ‘Message of Australian Women’ and ‘Victory of Women’s Movement in Finland’.
In the campaign to provide women with political rights, the oldest women’s association - the All-Russian Women’s Mutual Charity Society, established in 1895 - was actively involved. New women’s organizations were created that put before political demands on the first place: the Union for the Equality of Women (1905), Women’s Progressive Party (1905), All-Russian League of Equal Rights for Women (1907). The following departments were established under the League: a reading room for street children with a view to fight child prostitution and its prevention, a department against the involvement of women in debauchery, a publishing committee that published cheap pamphlets and books on the women’s issue, an editorial commission that published the proceedings of the congress, lecture department. Every day reports were given on the issues of women’s equality in the League’s premises. The League became the largest and the most widespread organization.
These particular books were printed by mass publisher Sytin that was able to promote ideas of women’s liberalization in Russia. These editions, as well as Ivanova’s activity in general, could be seen as a milestone in the pre-revolutionary stage.
In 1917 women’s suffrage was legalized by the Provisional government. After the October Revolution, the suffrage was granted. New institutions made women’s everyday life easier: kitchen-factories, nurseries, workers’ clubs, etc. Rights of women were the major interest of the Soviet feminist Alexandra Kollontai, who held a high position in the Communist Party. This way the state itself took care of women’s emancipation.

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