V. I. Lenin

Message Of Greetings To The All-Russia Conference Of

Gubernia Departments For Work Among Women[1]

Telephone Message

Delivered: December 6, 1920
First Published: Pravda No. 286, December 19, 1920; Published according to the manuscript
Source: Lenin’s Collected Works, 4th English Edition, Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1965, Volume 31, page 460
Translated: Julius Katzer
Transcription\HTML Markup: David Walters & Sally Ryan
Copyleft: V. I. Lenin Internet Archive (www.marx.org) 2002. Permission is granted to copy and/or distribute this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

Comrades, I very much regret that I have not been able to attend your conference. Please convey to the delegates, both men and women, my sincere greetings and wishes for every success.

The participation of women in Party and Soviet activities has acquired a gigantic significance today, when the war has ended, and the peaceful work of organisation has-for a long time to come, as I hope-advanced into the fore-ground. In this work the women must play a leading part, and will of course do so.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)

Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars

December 6, 1920


[1] The Conference met in Moscow from December 1 to 6, 1920, with over 200 women delegates participating, representing 5 republics, 05 gubernias and 5 administrative regions. The Conference discussed a report on the foreign and domestic situation of the country, a report of the CC. ’s Department on -wdrk among women, the immediate tasks of departments for work among women, and the question of mother and child protection. The Conference emphasised the need to boost production and extend production propaganda and the enrolment of working women in the trade unions and the Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection.

Lenin’s message of greetings, conveyed by telephone, was read at a sitting of the Conference on December 6.