Emma Goldman

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Emma Goldman
Emma Goldman' was born in 1869 in Lithuania; she never became an American citizen, and as an Anarchist rejected American political values. Goldman lectured throughout the United States advocating democracy in the economy, feminism, and anarchy. She was sent to jail several times—once after being accused of being the mastermind to a murder attempt on a leading industrialist failed to kill him—and was eventually deported to Soviet Russia. She died in 1940.

When she arrived in the Soviet Union, however, she was shocked by the tyrannical regime of Lenin and wrote the book My Disillusionment in Russia (ISBN 048643270X) in 1923.

A firebrand revolutionary, she nevertheless insisted on her femininity, and is famous for saying "If I can't dance, I don't want to be in your revolution." However, like other early women's rights advocates, she did not support abortion.[1]

Goldman is celebrated by the far left as a heroine.


  1. Voices of our Feminist Foremothers