Women of the Russian Revolution - A talk for International Women's Day

Ref: C2344453

We often hear about the men involved in the October Revolution in Russia 1917, particularly Lenin and Trotsky, but there were a number of Bolshevik women who took part and who continued to work in government after the party had taken power. But the Bolshevik revolution might not have happened at all if it hadn't been for a protest march by women in Petrograd early in 1917 in response to food shortages caused by the war with Germany and Austria. We'll also look a some revolutionary women from the 19th century, and why they were disappointed by how the 1917 revolution turned out.

Course aim

To mark International Women's Day, a look at how a women's demonstration in Petrograd on 8 March 1917 changed the course of world history. We'll also look at women revolutionaries in Russia from the mid-19th century onwards.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the two main revolutionary strands in Russia before the Revolution of 1917
  • Explain why women in 19th century Russia had to go abroad to study in higher education
  • Outline the events of the February revolution of 1917
  • Summarise the advances in women's rights under the first Bolshevik government

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA's digital learning platform, Canvas, will be used to provide resources to support the lesson. It will include a Zoom session, so you will need access to a computer and an internet connection with sound. Preferably a working webcam too.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and ideally a webcam so that you can use the video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Women of the Russian Revolution - A talk for International Women's Day


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