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Soviet Russia: an investigation by British women trade unionists, April to July, 1925 - Image 50. 1925. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 2, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5543/show/5481.

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Title Soviet Russia: an investigation by British women trade unionists, April to July, 1925
Contributor (Local)
  • British Women Trade Unionist Delegation
Publisher W. P. Coates
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • London, England
Date 1925
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Labor unions
  • Women
  • Economics
Subject.Topical (Local)
  • Social conditions
  • Employment
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Soviet Union
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  • pamphlets
Language English
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Original Item Extent xxi, 88 pages, 1 leaf including frontispiece, illustrations, portraits, facsimiles folded plates; 26 cm
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Transcript HH^"-* I Chapter IX WOMEN IN PUBLIC LIFE IN order to interest women, both urban and rural, in trade union and soviet work, and particularly to train them in the execution of such work, the women's sections of the provincial department's of the Communist Party not only organise meetings, distribute literature, and so on, but they have evolved a new method of approach altogether, namely, the Institute of " Women Delegates," as it is called. These delegates were in the first instance, when the women were still very backward, chosen from the most promising women of a given factory, industry, hospital, school, or village, as well as from among the wives of working men. Later they were elected by their fellow working women, or the most active section of them in these factories, institutions, or villages. In the towns, one delegate is elected for every twenty working women, and in the villages one for every 500 peasant women. These elections take place annually. Endeavours are made to secure the election of mainly non-party women as delegates, thus ensuring the participation of an ever wider circle of women in public work. The delegates remain at work, but at the same time are given the right of entry and participation in the work of the local Soviets, different delegates taking part in the different sections of a Soviet, namely, education, health, food, social insurance, mutual aid committees, and so on. In addition, special trade union, co-operative, and other sections are organised. The women delegates thus get a practical knowledge of social, trade union, co-operative, and general public administrative work, which they spread amongst their fellow--workers. At the same time they form a link between the Soviets and the rank-and-file women workers. General meetings of these delegates over a given district or town or rural area are held once or twice monthly, to discuss both the work of the delegates and general questions of social, economic, political, and international interest. The total number of such delegates over the whole of the U.S.S.R. in 1923-4 was 146,640, but in July, 1924, there were 208,704 delegates, of whom 87,193 were town delegates and 121,511 village delegates. The number of women, manual and non-manual town workers, represented by these delegates was nearly 903,000; the number of housewives represented was nearly 323,000; and the peasant women represented were over 4,612,000. The number of working women in local Soviets constitutes 18-5 per cent, of the total membership of the urban Soviets. The number of peasant women in Soviets is 40,000, or 12 per cent, of the total membership of the rural Soviets. In the district executive committees there are 1,000 peasant women and 200 of these are chairmen of their Executives. Women constitute 8-8 per cent, of the membership of the Communist Party and 10-1 per cent, of the candidates for membership of the party, or probationers. In addition, there are women members of the Union Central Executive Committee, as well as on the Central Executive Committees of all the constituent Republics ; there are also women diplomatic representatives of the Soviet Government abroad, and the Commissariat for Education in Georgia is a woman, Mme. Orakheleshvili, who administers her Department with conspicuous ability and success. (34)