In the tumultuous backdrop of the failed revolution of 1905, a spark ignited in the hearts of Russian women, a flame that would blaze a trail through history. As the soviets seized power on November 7, 1917, they didn't merely change the face of politics; they reshaped the very fabric of society, with women at the forefront of this radical transformation.
Enter Alexandra Kolontai, a firebrand who seamlessly transitioned from revolutionary speaker to government official, shattering glass ceilings as the first woman in history to join a government. As head of the People's Commissariat of Social Welfare, Kolontai laid the groundwork for a seismic shift in gender equality. But she was not alone in this revolutionary venture.