V. I. Lenin

Speech at Agitators’ Courses of the Mother and Child Protection Department of the People’s Commissariat for Social Security

March 8, 1919

Delivered: March 8, 1919
Published: Published in 1919 in the booklet (in Russian) People’ Commissariat for Social Security. Report of the Mother and Child Protection Department May 1, 1918 to May 1, 1919. Printed from the booklet text.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 129.2.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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Comrade Lenin began his speech by quoting the closing passage of the women students’ letter and said that they should keep their word and create a strong army of the home front.{1} It was only with the help of the woman, her thoughtfulness and social awareness, that the new society could be consolidated. It was the lack of this social awareness among the mass of the women, he said, that had acted as a brake in previous revolutions.


{1} The women attending the courses wrote a letter to Lenin asking him to address their meeting. They concluded their letter with a pledge to take the places of their husbands, brothers and sons who had joined the Red Army.

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