Discourses of Disappointment: The Betrayal of Women's Emancipation Following the French and Russian Revolutions
Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
Montserrat M. Miller
Questions relating to gender are worth pursuing in order to more accurately discern the impact of the French and Russian Revolutions on society more broadly as opposed to just political leaders, well-known historical figures, or those predominately male citizens that comprised the upper echelons of their respective movements. A careful analysis of secondary sources, or the historiography on women’s place within the French and Russian Revolutions, reveals that, in spite of their use of egalitarian rhetoric, the revolutionary governments in France and Russia continued to view women based upon conventional standards. Discourses written by and about women before, during, and immediately following the French and Russian Revolutions provide direct discursive examples of both the struggle for women’s civil and legal rights and the entrenchment of patriarchal structures of inequality.
Women's rights - France.
Women's rights - Soviet Union.
France - History - Revolution, 1789-1799.
Soviet Union - History - Revolution, 1917-1921.
Helton, Crystal Denise, "Discourses of Disappointment: The Betrayal of Women's Emancipation Following the French and Russian Revolutions" (2003). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 633.