The Most Famous Feminist You’ve Never Heard Of

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A century ago, our newspapers couldn’t stop writing about the Russian, Alexandra Kollontai—a woman so dangerous the United States government deemed her a national security risk.

Although Alexandra Kollontai once crisscrossed the globe advocating for women’s rights, most Americans know nothing of her life or work today. Because she was a socialist, she gets written out of the herstories of global feminism. (Jacobin)

In 1918, Current Opinion called her the “Heroine of the Bolsheviki upheaval in Petrograd” and announced to its incredulous readers that “she holds a cabinet portfolio, dresses like a Parisian, and does not believe in marriage.”

In 1924, The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that the “Communist Valkyrie is [a] match for any man in diplomacy.”

A year later, The New York Times accused her of arranging fake marriages to promote “red…

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