“In 1917, women workers at the Putilov armaments factory in St. Petersburg, Russia, timed their strike to coincide with International Women’s Day. This was an especially provocative gesture because these workers were making weapons for the First World War. The strike touched off several days of ‘peace and bread protests’ as hungry, war-weary women joined the strikers to demand food and an end to the war, which had already killed 2 million Russians.

After four days of unrest, the Czar was forced to abdicate. Shortly thereafter, the provisional government gave women the right to vote. Thus, women touched off the Russian Revolution of 1917.”
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