Many curricululm standards require that students should gain an understanding of the ways in which political revolutions forwarded cultural and economic change. The following links highlight the participation of some key revolutions. Find individual women and those engaged in collective action from the women in French, Russian, Mexican, and Chinese Revolutions.
The French Revolution
The Mexican Revolution
The history of the soldaderas was told mainly through the artists who painted, wrote, or sang about them.
7) Women and the Mexican Revolution. Soldaders Information on the roles of Mexican and American women during the revolution. Paintings, photos, essays and review of the play Gingo by Sophie Treadwell.
8) From Soldaders to Comandantas Paper outlining the major roles played by women in the Mexican Revolution and in the Zapatista rebellion.
The Russian Revolution
9) Women in Revolution Large collection of photos and posters featuring women. Mostly used as propaganda, they illustrate the extent of their participation.
10) Alexandra Kollontai Archives Primary source information about this influential woman. Biography, images, selected writings, speeches, audio recording of her vioce speaking To the Workers.
11) Soviet Women Under Stalin Primary sources and teaching materials: magazine articles, propagada drawings, charts, employment, lesson plans.
12) Rosa Luxemburg, The Junius Pamphlet: The Crisis of German Social Democracy. Although non-Russian, Luxemburg was an influential revolutionary figure. This pamphlet, illegally distributed in Grmany, was written while she was in prison in 1915.
The Chinese Revolution