Russia really became an interesting place during March/February(who really cares you get the point) of 1917. For the first time in Russian history, the the common people were finally having their voice heard. Surprisingly, out of the woodwork the voice of the Russian women was heard the loudest. The women of Russia demanded to have equal rights just as men. On March 8th 1917, the women of Russia stood in the streets of Petrograd, virtually shutting down all industry in the industrial powerhouse. The women demanded bread for their starving children and to returned their war-torn husbands to theirs homes. The ladies shouted in the streets, “DOWN WITH THE GERMAN WOMAN” (because Alexandra was a German princess before marrying Nick so it kind of complicates things when she’s leading your country against the Germans).
Like women in WW2 in the United States, the Russian women had been dominating Russian Industry while large-mustached husbands were fighting against the Kaiser. Russian women saw that their control in society was no different from a males because they could the same things. Socialism definitely helps back this liberating ideology. Women Socialist groups became the norm and started acting’s like their own sort of Union. The women would ban together whenever Russian industry would make moves that didn’t work in their favor. Since biology says that roughly half of people in the world are females, this really helped to mobilize the Russian population in the Anti-Czar campaign.
After the people of Russia successfully abdicated the throne of the Czar, the temporary government dramatically increased the women’s role in Russian society. They increased it so much that the temporary government formed “The Battalions of Death.” These battalions were compromised 100% of women from officers to enlisted men. Since these battalion were kind of slapped together in a liberating frenzy, there was not much success on the battle-front. Since the war was going to come to an end as soon as the Bolsheviks stepped in, their time o the front-line was short lived. However little role these women played in the actual war effort, the idea of their service to their nation is truly awe-inspiring.
Women in revolutionary Russia played a role that had never been seen before. This movement of women has inspired women worldwide (including the United States) to step up and take an active role in choosing their destiny.