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Julia L. Mickenberg
University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
The New Woman Tries on Red: Russia in the American Feminist Imagination, 1905-1945

The New Woman Tries on Red: Russia in the American Feminist Imagination argues that our understanding of the history of modern feminism—conceived of as a movement dedicated to fostering equal political rights as well as professional opportunities, sexual and psychological liberation, autonomy, creative expression, and social justice for women—changes if we recognize the significant impact of revolutionary Russia upon prominent female suffragists, reformers, journalists, performers, authors, activists, and other public figures in the first half of the twentieth century. Russia served as a kind of alter-ego to the U.S.; this fact, along with its tradition of women's revolutionary activism, an avowed commitment by Russian revolutionaries to equality and opportunity for women, and, in the Soviet era, the fact that the USSR stood for the very idea of internationalism, helped Russia exert a singular but heretofore unacknowledged influence on American feminism.

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Project fields:
American Studies

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 12/31/2012