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Bestuzhev Courses: First Women’s University

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The exhibition is devoted to the first women in Russia to receive higher education. St. Petersburg Higher Women’s Courses, also known as the Bestuzhev Courses (after the name of the founder, K. N. Bestuzhev-Ryumin) were a notable phenomenon in the public life of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was the students and graduates  of — bestuzhevki — who paved the way for the new woman, an educated and independent female citizen. The Courses were attended by St. Petersburg natives as well as by young women who moved to the capital from other parts of the country. Their […]

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