The Women’s Movement Pre-Revolutionary Russia – II

Lead: During the twenty-six year reign of Russian Czar Alexander II, which began in 1855, three major women’s movements arose to challenge the status quo.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts. 

                Content: Romanov Czar Alexander II, part of the Romanov line of Russian rulers, is known as the “czar liberator” because of his reforms and his emancipation in 1861 of 23 million Russian serfs - about half of the peasant class.

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The Women’s Movement Pre-Revolutionary Russia – I

                Lead: In 1861 Czar Alexander II of Russia freed the serfs. This act of emancipation helped fuel one of the most unlikely women’s liberation movements in  the nineteenth century. 

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: Until the 1900s the legal and social position of women in Russia, indeed in most of the European world, was suppressed. A broad general belief, held by both sexes, was that men had the God-given right of dominion over women and children. This control, it was generally believed, provided structure for the family and a firm foundation for state and church order.

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