Odessa: Knigozdatel'stvo, 1905. Octavo (19.3 × 14.5 cm). Original decorative wrappers; 32 pp. About very good; light wear to lower spine. Item #4478
Rare copy of a work by the German socialist and feminist Lili Braun (sometimes written: Lily Brown) translated into Russian. Lili Braun (1865 – 1916) was a well-known German writer, feminist, and socialist. As a member of the German Socialist Party, or SPD, she was part of the women's labor movement which demanded universal suffrage and argued that socialism would bring equality to women. Unlike her friend, Rosa Luxembourg, Braun felt the need for an independent women's movement. She was therefore sometimes accused of "putting feminism ahead of the class struggle" (Hutton, Russian and West European Women, 131). Braun tended to advocate reform over revolution in the fight for women's rights and she supported, for example, the idea of organizing women's cooperatives in order to share domestic labor. Braun's activist writings were relevant to the workers' strikes in Russia in 1905. She published a number of works besides this item, including: "Woman and politics", "The woman question: its historical development and its economic importance", and "The position of women in the present and future social structure." This item discusses the importance of women's work in the history of culture and how domestic labor and family structures have evolved. It contains such subheadings such as "the development of the domestic household," "the expansion of women's proletarian labor and its repercussions", "the labor of women from the bourgeois class," and the "effects of reforms to the domestic household." KVK, OCLC show the copy at IISH (Amsterdam) only.