Maurice Casey

The Cohen sisters, Nellie (left) and Rose (right), c.1932. Nellie is holding her daughter Joyce and Rose is holding her son Alexey. Courtesy of P. Harris.

Following the Russian Revolution, a small number of suffragettes transferred their allegiance from the women’s movement to international communism. For two young activists, the ‘Lenin Revolution’ promised adventure, kinship and the chance to reshape women’s role in society.