Aleksandra Michajlovna Kollontaj : Mother Russia

The worker-mother must learn not to differentiate between yours and mine; she must learn that there are only our children, the children of Russia’s communist workers

Aleksandra Michajlovna Kollontaj was born in St. Petersburg in 1872 and died in Moscow in 1952.

She was a Russian revolutionary who after the Revolution of October 1917, when the Bolshevik party came to rule the country, served as minister. She was the first woman in the history oh humanity to be appointed to this position.

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In such a role she worked and succeeded in granting women the right to vote, in establishing kindergartens and systems for ensuring assistance during the maternity period. Kollontaj was one of the founder of the Zenotdel, an agency designed to promote the participation of women in public life. Thanks to her work Russian women gained the right to vote and to be elected the right to divorce and to abort.

Kollontaj was also married for a short period of time during her youth and was a mother. She was throughout her entire life author of books and pamphlets that promoted communism and equality between men and women.

Vivienne Westwood: why not look like a goddess?!

“Buy well, choose less, make it last”

Vivienne Westwood is a british fashion designer and a political activist on human rights and climate change.Based in Lodon she has a thriving business that has its center in the famous avenue of King’s Road.
She was teacher for nearly 5 years before becoming a fashion designer. She had been making clothes since her teenage years. Vivienne became incredibly popular in the 70’s when together with her boyfriend Malcolm Maclaren started to design clothes based on the concept of Rock’N’Roll first and than Punk Rock. They thought that this style would attract the attention of people and they thought well. Punk Rock was mostly a cultural choice.Vivienne-Westwood It would express Vivienne pledge to a cultural and economic revolution since the world was and still is mismanaged
by governments. She believes that it is silly to think of fashion as a political crusade but still it combines the vision of how the world could be better with the art. It could be a platform to talk politics and this is why Westwood put slogans in her collections. Fashion in her words inspire a better life and therefore can make people engaged with the world as other forms of cultural expressions; fashion for Vivienne is in itself a potential expression of human dignity and autonomy when thinking about countries or times when people had to wear the same.
She believes in the power of history in making the individual think with its own mind and less dependent from any form of conditioning.

Frida Kalho: Against all odds

         “Feet, why do I need them if I have wings to fly?”

Frida Kahlo, was born in Mexico in 1910. The main episode during her youth was a traffic accident. In the aftermath she had to undergo several surgical operations despite which she never recovered completely from the accident and she was never able to have a child. Frida was forced to bed for a number of months; and in this period of time she began to paint self-portraits; regarding this choice of style later she would recall that her body and her mind were the subject she knew best. In the 30’s Frida married the painter Diego Rivera and followed him wherever he had a commission. So she was able to visit USA and France and in both places at the end of the 30’s she was able to set her own exhibitions. Her style was a mixture of original elements, features from the mexican fine arts tradition and surrealism. She was active in the mexican communist party.
Her self-portraits as well as her personal photographs display a woman not afraid to show her natural hairs in her face and her eyebrows. For this and for her affairs with both sexes Frida become an icon of the feminist movement during the 70’s. Her story is a mixture of sadness, and success.frida