Michael Short Western Civ Write Up Week 8

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Michael Short 11-20-09 Western Civ Week 8 Alexandra Kollontai seems to do a great deal of work as the people’s commissar of social welfare. Through her work she helped with the operation of putting into affect, “the whole welfare program for the war disabled, hence for hundreds of thousands of crippled soldiers and officers, the pension system in general, foundling homes, homes for the aged, orphanages, hospitals for the needy, the work-shops making artificial limbs, the administration of playing-card factories, the educational system, and clinical hospitals for women.” All of these jobs relate to public services, and the one that Kollontai seems most passionate about is her work with the transformation of maternity hospitals into Free Homes for Maternity and Infant Care. Her reasons for making these treatments free was the idea that reproduction is a social function and therefore should be taken care of by the
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Unformatted text preview: government in a sot nation. At the time this must have been a very controversial thing to open a free maternity clinic. This did in fact lead to, as it says further in the document, some controversy. There was controversy with the church, due to the fact that the church felt this function was promoting pre-marital sex. The churched also claimed free maternity clinics encouraged twelve year olds to get pregnant. To me this was an interesting article for three reasons: one, the simple fact that a woman could hold such a high position at the time is remarkable to me, two, the fact that a woman in power at the time could have such an affect and make such a large impact for the women in the Soviet Union, and third for the reason that Trotsky and Lenin appeared to support her fully in all of her actions. All of these things seem like an amazing feat for anyone, especially a woman at the time....
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