A revolutionary voice for women’s freedom available in English for the first time
Liz Payne reviews The Woman Worker by Nadezhda K Krupskaya
MANIFESTO PRESS has brought us a treasure that has never before appeared in English.
The Woman Worker will be of interest to historians, sociologists, political theorists and educationalists.
But most of all it will be of interest to the women and men who continue in 21st-century Britain the struggle in their workplaces and in their communities for the defeat of capitalism and for a more just and equal society.
Fresh and vibrant, it is as relevant today to our fight for women’s freedom from oppression and exploitation as it was in pre-revolutionary Russia almost 120 years ago.
A quarter of a century after it had first been published, Nadezhda K Krupskaya revisited the pamphlet she had written in 1899 while exiled in the village of Shushenskoye in Siberia with her husband, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
At the time she had not been confident that she could manage to produce what was to be her first pamphlet.
Now she was being asked to agree to its reprinting and wide redistribution. Thinking that what it raised might be worth reconsideration in the post-revolution Soviet Union, she gave her consent, writing a brief reflective introduction.