[Moscow, 1921]. 22,5x28 cm. Creases and minor tears of the edges, pencil notes on the back.
Alexandra Kollontai (1872-1952) was one of the leaders of Soviet emancipation. In 1905 during the revolution she organized The Society of Help for the Female workers. Accusations from the state have forced her to leave the country. Being a Bolshevik since early 1900s, she actively forced the emancipation problematics into party’s agenda. Later she was one of the most active Bolshevik leaders in the revolutionary Petrograd. In 1920 she became the head of ‘female department’ of the central party committee. The department had branches all over the Union and by 1922 included 95000 delegates. It has been institutional in the history of emancipation in the early USSR.
In 1917 Lenin has appointed her as the Minister for the Care, which made her the first female minister in the world history.
On the photo Kollontai is pictured among the delegates of the conference of Oriental Women, that was held in Moscow in 1921 and included 40 delegates predominantly from Central Asian republics.
Kollontai was removed from the position in 1922 and sent to Norway as a diplomat.