Lecture - "The Revolutionary Feminism of Alexandra Kollontaï"
Monday 6 February 2023, at 6.30 pm, Théâtre des Variétés
Russian aristocrat Alexandra Kollontaï rejected her environment and her country very early, and instead chose revolution and the wider world. In 1917, she was a minister in Lenin's first government, despite women not being able to hold such positions under after the Second World War. Five years later, she became the first woman ambassador in history. Alexandra Kollontaï, who spoke several languages, would also go on to be a famous tribune, electrifying fascinated audiences on every continent. She was a highly talented political writer, novelist, and diarist. A devoted mother, a passionate feminist, theorician of free love and militant supporter of women's emancipation and rights. A timeless beauty with an elegance often remarked upon by the press, she emerged victorious from the destructive folly of Stalin and lived, active and unharmed, as long as he. Hélène Carrère d’Encausse, the great historian of Russia, invites us to discover the incredible story of this extraordinary woman. Lecture organised by the Prince Pierre Foundation.