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Women's Suffrage and Revolution in the Russian Empire, 1905-1917

Women's Suffrage and Revolution in the Russian Empire, 1905-1917 articles Women’s Suffrage and Revolution in the Russian Empire, 1905–1917 Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild ABSTRACT Two of the earliest women’s suffrage victories were achieved in the Russian Empire, in Finland and Russia, as a result of wars and revolutions. Their significance has been largely ignored, yet study of these achievements challenges the standard paradigms about the conditions (struggle within a democracy, geographic location on the ‘periph- ery’), which favoured early suffrage breakthroughs. This article analyses the particu- lar circumstances in Finland and Russia, which, in a relatively short amount of time, broke down resistance to giving women the vote. An examination of the events sur- rounding the February 1917 Russian Revolution, which toppled the Tsar, demonstrates the significant role of women in initiating and furthering the revolutionary momen- tum as well as fighting for their own rights. Both the Finns and the Russians pioneered in extending the legacies of the French and American Revolutions to include women. KEYWORDS: Feminism, Finland, Russia, Revolution, Women’s Rights, Women’s Suffrage The Russian Empire was the site of two of the earliest, quickest, and most complete female suffrage breakthroughs, in Finland in 1906, and in revolutionary Russia in March and July 1917, yet their significance http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aspasia Berghahn Books

Women's Suffrage and Revolution in the Russian Empire, 1905-1917

Aspasia , Volume 1 (1) – Mar 1, 2007

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1933-2882
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10.3167/asp.2007.010102
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articles Women’s Suffrage and Revolution in the Russian Empire, 1905–1917 Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild ABSTRACT Two of the earliest women’s suffrage victories were achieved in the Russian Empire, in Finland and Russia, as a result of wars and revolutions. Their significance has been largely ignored, yet study of these achievements challenges the standard paradigms about the conditions (struggle within a democracy, geographic location on the ‘periph- ery’), which favoured early suffrage breakthroughs. This article analyses the particu- lar circumstances in Finland and Russia, which, in a relatively short amount of time, broke down resistance to giving women the vote. An examination of the events sur- rounding the February 1917 Russian Revolution, which toppled the Tsar, demonstrates the significant role of women in initiating and furthering the revolutionary momen- tum as well as fighting for their own rights. Both the Finns and the Russians pioneered in extending the legacies of the French and American Revolutions to include women. KEYWORDS: Feminism, Finland, Russia, Revolution, Women’s Rights, Women’s Suffrage The Russian Empire was the site of two of the earliest, quickest, and most complete female suffrage breakthroughs, in Finland in 1906, and in revolutionary Russia in March and July 1917, yet their significance

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AspasiaBerghahn Books

Published: Mar 1, 2007

Keywords: feminism; Finland; Russia; revolution; women's rights; women's suffrage

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