Alexandra Kollontai was the first woman in Lenin’s cabinet, serving as People’s Commissar for Social Welfare. A tireless advocate for women’s rights, Kollontai was one of the founders of the government’s ‘Women’s Department’ (Zhenotdel) in 1919.
She later fell out of favour for her criticism of the Communist Party leadership, and was sent to Norway as the Soviet diplomatic envoy in 1923.
She held diplomatic posts abroad for the next two decades.
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- Katie McElvanney
Katie McElvanney explores how women’s lives changed during the Russian Revolution, tracing the history of female revolutionaries in Russia and the different ways women documented and participated in events.