Today is International Women’s Day and I attended “The Forgotten” a panel discussion. One of the panel speakers really stood out to me. Dr. Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild who presented “Uncovering Hidden and Forbidden Histories: Research in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Space.”
I found her fascinating because she was able to uncover monumental artifacts of the women’s suffrage march in Russia and on Poliksena N. Shishkina-Iavein who was a leading member of the pre-revolutionary Russian feminist movement. I think it’s cool that she was able to discover these lost gems and help show how much of an impact that women have on the world. It was interesting to hear about her search, it reminded me as if she were a detective trying to solve a case. She was able to find the newsreel of the 1917 Petrograd March for Women’s Suffrage which is shown in the video below. What’s even cooler is how she found Poliksena N. Shishkina-Iavein granddaughter who generously allowed pictures of historical women’s rights events to be scanned as digital copies and accessible to the public.
I love learning new things about the women who fight for our rights!