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"This is what the October Revolution has given to the working and peasant women," boasts this 1920 propaganda poster. The woman gestures toward a library, a cafeteria, a workers club, a school for adults and a "house for a mother and child." The first Soviet Constitution of 1918 proclaimed gender equality at home, in the workplace and in the society. Women were free to attend universities, work, divorce, own private property, vote and get elected for office.


International Institute of Social History