Odessa: G. Beylenson i I. Yurovskiy, 1893. Item #1179
32 pp. 17.7x11.7 cm. In original publisher’s wrappers. Wrappers loose, loss of the pieces of the spine, mild damp stains on the wrappers. Otherwise in a good condition.
Scarce. First edition. Translated into Russian by I. Naumenko.
This interesting piece features a Russian translation of a public speech given by Hedwig Kettler (1851-1937), one of the major figures in German feminism.
The 19th century Germany witnessed the rise of women’s movement and the emergence of numerous female organizations, among which the Women’s Association for Reform was perhaps one of the most effective. Established by the women’s rights activist Hedwig Kettler in 1888, the organization founded the first full-fledged German girls’ Gymnasium in Karlsruhe in 1893. The association constantly organized fund-raising drives, petitions, and public appeals to raise awareness of women’s rights across the country. It must have been during one of such assemblies that Kettler addressed the audience with the speech What is Women’s Emancipation. The Russian translation of the speech was printed as a part of the series International Library in 1893 and perfectly coincided with the increasing interest in the study of women’s rights in Russia. Four years after the appearance of the booklet, the Women’s Association for Reform was disbanded because of a disagreement between Kettler and other committee members. In 1898, Kettler established the Women’s Association for Educational Reform. However, she eventually switched to writing, contributing short stories to various magazines and publishing two books: Everyday Stories and Sketches.
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