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In 1917 demonstrations marking International Women's Day in Saint Petersburg on the last Sunday in February (March 8 on the Gregorian calendar) initiated the February Revolution which involved mass demonstrations and clashes with police and gendarmes. Women were extremely significant in this revolution, gathering in a mass protest to call for political rights, including the right to vote, to serve as attorneys, equal rights in civil service, and for putting an end to the war, chanting "Bread and Peace" in response to the death of over 2 million Russian soldiers. (more)

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