Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Remembering Alexandra Kollontai
It was interesting to learn that Alexandra Kollontai urged Lenin to make International Women's Day a national holiday in the Soviet Union. A fully committed Marxist, her involvement in the socialist movement dated back to the late 19th century. She helped to organize women workers in Russia following the 1905 Strike, before being forced into exile in Germany. She became a major catalyst in recognizing International Women's Day throughout the Socialist world. She later wrote Love of Worker Bees and other stories depicting modern women in Soviet Russia.