By Julia L. Mickenberg
Mickenberg unearths the complicated causes that drew American girls to Russia as they sought versions for a innovative new period during which ladies will be no longer in basic terms autonomous of guys, but additionally equivalent developers of a brand new society. Soviet girls, in any case, earned the precise to vote in 1917, and so they had abortion rights, estate rights, the best to divorce, maternity advantages, 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 became out to be as a lot a grim commune as a utopia of freedom, replete with fiscal, social, and sexual inequities.
American ladies in pink Russia recounts the reviews of girls who kept ravenous young children from the Russian famine, labored on rural communes in Siberia, wrote for Moscow or big apple newspapers, or played on Soviet phases. Mickenberg ultimately tells those forgotten tales, filled with desire and grave disappointments.
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