Alexandra Kollontai on International Women’s Day

“All the sacred rights of humanity are violated by insisting on blind obedience”
Mary Wollstonecraft 1792 🗣Yes 1792🖊


International Women’s Day is now celebrated throughout the world and its close links to the revolutionary struggles of the 20th century become more relevant as systemic crisis grips the capitalist world.

On March 8, as war loomed 1914 Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested as a women’s suffrage march from Bow approached Trafalgar Square.

March 8 demonstrations cover picture marking International Women’s Day in Saint Petersburg sparked the February Revolution. Women went on strike that day for ‘Bread and Peace’.

Following the Russian Revolution International Women’s Day was established as a national holiday and Alexandra Kollontai became head of the Women’s Department and People’s Commissar for welfare and led the campaign to improve women’s living conditions, eradicate illiteracy and establish a new legal and social framework for women’s liberation.

Manifesto Press publishes this reprint of Alexandra Kollontai’s writing on International Women’s Day as part of its programme to mark the centenary of…

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