By Julia L. Mickenberg
Mickenberg finds the complicated causes that drew American girls to Russia as they sought types for a progressive new period within which ladies will be no longer simply self sustaining of fellows, but in addition equivalent developers of a brand new society. Soviet girls, in any case, earned the suitable to vote in 1917, and so they had abortion rights, estate rights, the best to divorce, maternity merits, and state-supported childcare. Even girls from Soviet nationwide minorities—many lately unveiled—became public figures, as African American and Jewish ladies famous. but as Mickenberg’s collective biography exhibits, Russia grew to become out to be as a lot a grim commune as a utopia of freedom, replete with monetary, social, and sexual inequities.
American ladies in pink Russia recounts the stories of girls who kept ravenous young ones from the Russian famine, labored on rural communes in Siberia, wrote for Moscow or ny newspapers, or played on Soviet levels. Mickenberg eventually tells those forgotten tales, jam-packed with wish and grave disappointments.
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