Australian Left Review

Authors

Mavis Robertson

Abstract

By any standards, Alexandra Kollontai was an extraordinary person.

She was the only woman member of the highest body of the Russian Bolshevik Party in the crucial year of 1917. She was appointed Minister for Social Welfare in the first socialist government. As such, she became the first woman executive in any government. She inspired and developed farsighted legislation in areas affecting women and, after she resigned her Ministry because of differences with the majority of her comrades, her work in women’s affairs was reflected in the Communist Internationale.

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