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The Emancipation of Women: From the Writings of V. I. Lenin

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On problems of women's equality, including Clara Zetkin's interview with Lenin, and a preface by N.K. Krupskaya.
Paperback, 135 pages
Published January 3rd 1969 by International Publishers
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Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Contains material of strategic interest. If you’re looking for a treasure-chest of marxist analysis on women’s struggle, though, find something else - maybe Lise Vogel or Angela Davis.

A particularly horrific example of Lenin’s reactionary social attitudes around the struggles of proletarian women - The is Clara Zetkin paraphrasing Lenin in her memorandum books, from the end of this collection:


““I have heard strange things about that from Russian and German comrades. I must tell you
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Woman Question in Socialist Russia

The message may be problematic in parts but this collection of short writings does show the strides made by socialist/communist Russia in the treatment of women. Though the use of the phrase "the woman question" is a little irksome, it was the vernacular of the time.

This was my first reading of any writing by V.I. Lenin and gave me a good introduction to his goals for women in post-revolution Russia. Some of the pieces in this collection are brief, as Lenin
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Sure it's propaganda but you gotta give the guy credit for including women to extent he did. And what ever you think of the former Soviet Union there were more opportunities for women there in mid century 1900s than there were in the US.
A revolutionary collection of Lenin's best writings on the liberation of women, the struggle that must be waged for it, and the solidarity that must exist, all leading to the inevitable conclusion that socialism is the only way through which the masses, comprised largely of women, can be liberated.
Azad Sindhi
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Emancipation Of Women in real meaning, Lenin's critique on free sex and over discussion of bourgeois standards of free sex and youth being dragged to it is in reality dangerous for Comrades, it's a fine reading.
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book compiles Lenin's speeches and writings on women's emancipation, which he believed could only be accomplished by the political empowerment and economic independence of women as carried out by a mass revolutionary women's movement. Lenin consistently acknowledges the limitations of the highly progressive legislation on gender equality enacted by the Bolshevik government, recognizing that active political struggle and women's participation in the organization and administration of the ...more
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: feminism, marxism
The title is misleading - there's actually very little about women at all for a book called "The Emancipation of Women." Simplifying, Lenin's view was that three things kept women behind men in the Soviet Union: religion, unequal laws, and women's place in the production process (women supposedly did not take part in production per se, instead being confined to the home). In Lenin's view, with the fading of old religious beliefs, the imposition of new equal laws, and the integration of women ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Le doy todo el crédito a este libro por establecer con claridad varios de los aspectos que impiden la emancipación de las mujeres del mundo, me gusta que sea explícito en definir el trabajo de dueña de casa como una esclavitud oculta y un desperdicio de trabajo que podría ocuparse en la construcción del estado comunista. Lo mismo respecto a la imposibilidad de la revolución de masas sin la participación de la mujer y la crítica al hombre comunista que se cree superior a su compañera.
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Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich (1870-1924) - one of the leaders of the Bolshevik party since its formation in 1903. Led the Soviets to power in October, 1917. Elected to the head of the Soviet government until 1922, when he retired due to ill health.

Lenin, born in 1870, was committed to revolutionary struggle from an early age - his elder brother was hanged for the attempted assassination of Czar