In Equality & Revolution Rochelle Ruthchild forcefully and persuasively argues that we need to pay more attention to Russian women's success at gaining the vote in 1917. Their achievement has been minimized not only by historians who have overlooked questions of gender, but also by those still in the thrall of Soviet disdain for so-called “bourgeois feminism” and those whose vision has been distorted by the short-lived existence of Russian democracy. This oversight, points out Ruthchild, obscures that fact that women in the tsarist empire beat their Western sisters to the electoral punch by several years and got the job done in a much shorter time span.

Ruthchild introduces some of the leading figures in Russia's women's movement, drawing lines of continuity between their activities in philanthropic organizations and publishing, and their foremothers'...

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