Moscow: Izdanie TsIK Souza SSR, 1928. Item #1041
VIII, 180 pp. 22,5x15,5 cm. In original printed wrappers. Very good, small fragments of the spine lost, crease of the title page with a small tear of the lower edge and minor tears of the upper edge. Semi-erased pencil marks on the front cover and t.p., Soviet stamp of the state bookcrossing fund on verso of t.p.
First and only edition. One of 1000 copies. Very rare.
The 1920s are considered the first period of the women's liberation movement in most Asian countries. In the Transcaucasian and Central Asian Soviet Republics, party organizations widely promoted the movement as a part of gender equality. Soviet propaganda urged women to be politically active and independent. Nurseries and cafeterias favored female liberation while schools and workers’ clubs increased their literacy level. In 1921 an International Women’s Day was officially marked in Soviet Republics for the first time.
The First All-Union Conference of Commissions for Advancing Oriental Woman’s Everyday Life was held in the Kremlin on January 11-17, 1928. It attracted 28 delegates from provincial commissions that organized schools, workshops, juridical bureau, institutions for homeless and single mothers. Prominent Soviet feminists Clara Zetkin and Nadezhda Krupskaya participated in the event as well.
The book includes 6 reports given at the Conference. Every report caused delegates’ commentaries that were printed after reports themselves. Among them were discussions on laws, political activity, women’s handicrafts. Thanks to these commentaries, the book became a valuable and comprehensive source on the process of Oriental women's liberalization in the USSR.
According to Worldcat, copies are located in the Library of Congress, Columbia and Stanford Universities.