Who is she?
Russian-born, Emma emigrated in the US, where she was imprisoned for ‘inciting to riot’ and illegally distributing information about birth control.
Although she distanced herself from the suffrage movement, was a passionate advocate for sexual freedom, birth control, workers’ rights and equality and independence for women.
She was at one time known as “the most dangerous woman in America”.
Why should we thank her?
Emma’s work and writings were finally recognised in the late 20th century. She fought for women’s health issues, such as birth control, and workers’ rights.
“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution.”
Emma was played by Maureen Stapleton in the movie Reds, winning an Academy Award for her performance.