Tatiana Mamonova

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Tatyana Mamonova (born 10 December 1943),[1] is a founder of the modern Russian women's movement, an internationally renowned democratic women's leader, author, poet, journalist, videographer, artist, editor and public lecturer.

Early life[edit]

Mamonova was born in the Soviet Union, and was raised in Leningrad after World War II.[1]


Mamonova was the first feminist dissident exiled from the Soviet Union in 1980 for re-igniting the Russian women's movement; initiating her organization, then called Woman and Russia, the first NGO promoting the human rights of women from the Soviet Union and connecting Russian speaking women’s voices and needs with the international community; and editing and publishing the samizdat Woman and Russia Almanac, now called Woman and Earth Almanac, an art and literary journal containing the first collection of Soviet feminist writings, which has now been published in 11 languages and in over 22 countries. Prior to her exile from her native St. Petersburg, Russia, she was the first woman organizer and exhibitor in the non-conformist artist movement in Russia and a literary and television journalist with Aurora Publishers (working alongside Josef Brodsky) and Leningrad Television.[citation needed]

In 1987 Mamonova, became an associate of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press (WIFP).[2] WIFP is an American nonprofit publishing organization. The organization works to increase communication between women and connect the public with forms of women-based media.

She contributed the piece "It's time we began with ourselves" to the 1984 anthology Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women's Movement Anthology, edited by Robin Morgan.[3]

During her Ms. Magazine tour, Mamonova was invited by the Ford Foundation in New York City for a meeting and round-table discussion by leading executives from the foundation shortly after her exile and she received the highest praises from the Ford Foundation's executives for her intelligence, leadership and courage.[citation needed]

Since her exile, in addition to continuing to edit and publish her Almanac nka Woman and Earth Almanac and two additional Woman and Earth publications: Succes d’estime (since 2001) and Fotoalbum: Around the World (since 2004), and to lead and expand her organization, now also called Woman and Earth Global Eco-Network, she has authored four books in the United States, as well as hundreds of articles and travelogues for journals, magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, lectured in hundreds of universities and for public organizations in the United States and throughout the world including participating in a national lecture tour with Ms. Magazine, and tours of Africa, Australia, Japan, the United States, India, South America, Dominican Republic, Scandinavia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Greece with support from Amnesty International, Alliance Français, Parliaments and labour and non-governmental organizations. She exhibited in more than 20 countries and sold her award-winning art, many times donating proceeds to benefit the activities of her NGO and human rights campaigns throughout the world. She is also Executive Producer of a weekly educational television series in Manhattan.

She is a former post-doctoral fellow with Harvard University's Bunting Institute, a member of Pen International, the Russia representative to the Sisterhood Is Global Institute, and has been the subject of documentary films, books, and all forms of media coverage from every leading medium including CBS Evening News with Morton Dean, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and the BBC.

2009 marked the 30th Jubilee of her NGO and samizdat. Celebrations were launched in December 2008 at Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel, St. Petersburg where she was formally honored as Woman of the Year and on March 7, 2009 at the Contemporary Art Network Gallery in mid-town Manhattan, New York which also included an exhibition of her paintings. The tour campaign continued in other world venues throughout the year.[citation needed]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Woman of the Year 1980 by Femme Magazine, Paris
  • Post Doctoral Fellow Officer, Bunting Institute, Harvard University 1984-1985
  • Diamond Homer Poetry Award 1998, Poetry Society of Hollywood California
  • 100 Heroines Award 1998 by the Women’s Committee of Seneca Falls, NY
  • Human Rights Award, African Peace Network, Ghana 1999
  • Inclusion in Womenkind Project, Canada 2000
  • Inclusion in the Prominent Refugees Directory UNHCR 2001
  • Community Media Award by MNN, NYC 2001
  • Living Legacy Award 2002 by the Women’s International Centre of San Diego, California
  • Inclusion in Prize-winning Portrait of Prominent Refugees by Brazilian Artist at Kenya Exhibition 2005
  • Heart of Danko Award 2006 for her artistic and cultural prowess
  • Woman of the Year 2008 by the Vishnevskaya Association of St. Petersburg, Russia

Her human rights case, which remains unresolved, was selected to be heard among the 10 finalists at the 17th International Human Rights Competition in Caen, France in January 2006.[citation needed]


  • Femmes et Russie Almanach, (in French) Volumes 1-3, edited by Tatiana Mamonova. Paris: Edition Des Femmes, 1980-1981.
  • Zhentschina i Rossia Almanach, (in Russian) Volume 3, edited by Mamonova. Paris: Edition Des Femmes, 1980.
  • Voix de Femmes en Russia Almanach, (in French) Volume 4, edited by Mamonova. Paris: Denoel-Gontier, 1982.
  • Woman and Russia Almanach, Volume 1, edited by Mamonova. London: Sheba Press, 1980.
  • Kvinnen og Russland Almanach, Volume 1, edited by Mamonova. Oslo: Pax Forlag, 1980.
  • Kvinnan Ryssland Almanac, Volumes 1 & 2, edited by Mamonova. Stockholm: Awe Gebers, 1980.
  • Kvindren og Rusland Almanach, Volumes 1 & 2, edited by Mamonova. Copenhagen: Informations Forlag, 1980.
  • Die Frau und Russland Almanach, Volumes 1 & 2, edited by Mamonova. Munich: Frauenoffensive, 1980.
  • Die Frau und Russland Almanach, (in German) Volume 3, edited by Mamonova. Basel, Switzerland: Mond, 1982.
  • Das Radieschen (children's book), by Mamonova. Vienna: Blagina Verlag, 1981.
  • Vrouwen in Sovjet-Rusland Anthology from Volumes 1-3, edited by Mamonova. Amsterdam: Anthos, 1981.
  • Woman and Russia Anthology from Volumes 1-3, (in Japanese), edited by Mamonova. Tokyo: Shin-Ichi Masagaki & Miiko Kataoka, 1982.
  • Feminism in Russia Almanach, (in Greek), edited by Mamonova. Athens: Images, 1982.
  • Woman and Russia Almanac (1979-1991), now called Woman and Earth Almanac (1991–present), edited by Mamonova, New York: Woman and Earth Press.
  • Women and Russia, Feminist Writings from the Soviet Union, edited by Mamonova, Boston: Beacon Press, 1984.
  • Russian Women's Studies: Essays on Sexism in Soviet Culture, by Mamonova New York: Pergamon Press and Teacher’s College Press, 1989, 1990, 1991.
  • Women's Glasnost vs Naglost: Stopping Russian Backlash, by Mamonova, with Chandra Niles Folsom. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press 1993.
  • Succes d’estime, by Tatyana Mamonova. New York: Woman and Earth Press, 2001–present.
  • Fotoalbum: Around the World, by Mamonova. New York: Woman and Earth Press, 2004–present.


  • USSR Leningrad Kustarny per. Fall 1971
  • USSR Leningrad Gaza Cultural Center Win. 1974
  • USSR Moscow Touring Show with O.Rabin, N.Tsherbakova Spr. 1975
  • USSR Leningrad Nevsky Cultural Center Fall 1975
  • USSR Leningrad Vadim Nechaev Show, Rec'd Prize in Rome*1 1975
  • USSR Estonia Kohtla-Jarve Cultural Center Sum. 1977
  • USSR Leningrad Ul. Pravda d.22 1978
  • FRANCE Paris Bd. Voltaire 76 Dec. 1980
  • USA New York City Feminist Art Institute Win. 1980
  • USA Amherst, MA Herten Gallery Fall 1980
  • FRANCE Elbeuf Gallery La Vie Des Choses Dec. 1981
  • USA New York City First Women's Bank Spr. 1981
  • ITALY Milan Gallery Quotidiano Donna Spr. 1981
  • ENGLAND London Gallery-Shop Sisterwrite Sum. 1981
  • NETHERLANDS Amsterdam Gallery-Cafe Francoise Fall 1981
  • W. GERMANY Stuttgart Gallery Sarahcafe Fall 1981
  • DENMARK Copenhagen Touring Show of Scandinavia Fall 1981
  • NORWAY Oslo Touring Show of Scandinavia Fall 1981
  • SWEDEN Stockholm Touring Show of Scandinavia Fall 1981
  • FINLAND Helsinki Touring Show of Scandinavia Fall 1981
  • FRANCE Strasbourg Cafe La Lune Noire Spr. 1982
  • SWITZERLAND Basel Frauenzimmer Gallery Spr. 1982
  • CANADA Ottawa Den Art Gallery Spr. 1982
  • FRANCE Paris Center Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir Sum. 1982
  • USA Los Angeles Shimko's Signatures Gallery Fall 1982
  • INDIA Bangalore Ecole des Arts Jan. 1983
  • INDIA Bombay Touring Show Jan. 1983
  • INDIA Delhi Touring Show Jan. 1983
  • JAPAN Tokyo Ginza Gallery Feb. 1983
  • AFRICA Ivory Coast Abidjan Centre Culturel Francais Fall 1983
  • W.GERMANY W. Berlin Frauen Cafe Winterfelt Gallery Kassandra Jan. 1984
  • AUSTRIA Vienna Kristina Hartman Gallery Spr. 1984
  • USA Allston, MA L'Odeon Cafe Jan. 1985
  • CANADA Toronto The Fallout Shelter Gallery Sum. 1985
  • USA Cambridge, MA Rising Phoenix Gallery Sum. 1985
  • USA Washington, DC Peace Show Artists for Survival Fall 1985
  • USA Ann Arbor, MI Art Fair Private Gallery Sum. 1986
  • USA Hartford, CT M.S. Gallery Fall 1986
  • USA Hartford, CT Women's Research Institute Dec. 1986
  • USA Farmington, CT Art Guild Spirale Gallery Jan. 1987
  • USA Ellington, CT Artery Gallery Spr. 1987
  • USA Middletown, CT Wesleyan Women's Studies Dept. Spr. 1987
  • USA New Britain, CT Ministry of Central CT State Univ. Sum. 1988
  • USA Norwalk, CT SONO Art Fair, Rec'd Top Prize*2 Sum. 1988
  • USA New York City SOHO-20 Gallery Fall 1988
  • USA New York City Petrouchka Show Spr. 1989
  • USA New York City La Signoria Sum. 1989
  • USA New York City City University of New York Spr. 1990
  • USA Fairfield, CT S.H.U. Spr. 1991
  • USA Westport, CT O...Gallery Fall 1991
  • USA Pocatello, ID Idaho State University Spr. 1992
  • USA Hartford, CT Agnetas Sum. 1992
  • USA Southampton, NY Long Island Savings Bank Sum. 1992
  • USA W. Cornwall, CT Harris Gallery Fall 1992
  • USA Southbury, CT Beaux Arts Gallery Spr. 1993
  • USA Hartford, CT Changing Taste Spr. 1993
  • USA Unionville, CT The River Gallery Fall 1993
  • USA New York City Earth Day Show Spr. 1994
  • USA Hartford, CT Pump House Gallery Sum. 1995
  • USA New York City Eco-fest Spr. 1996
  • AUSTRALIA Sydney ABC Studios Spr. 1997
  • AUSTRALIA Mullumbimby Women’s Festival, Civic Centre Spr. 1997
  • RUSSIA St. Petersburg Pribaltiyskaya Hotel Win. 1997
  • FINLAND Helsinki Caisa International Cultural Centre Sum.1998
  • FRANCE Paris Galerie des Muses - Hotel Scribe Jan. 1999
  • FRANCE Paris Galerie Art Tisane Feb. 1999
  • GHANA Accra Novotel Accra City Centre 1999 - 2000
  • FRANCE Paris Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand Dec. 2001
  • USA Sleepy Hollow, NY Paradise Coast Restaurant Dec. 2002
  • USA New York City Freedom Hall Dec. 2002
  • USA New York City Freedom Hall March 2003
  • RUSSIA St. Petersburg Hotel Angleterre April 2003
  • RUSSIA St. Petersburg Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel Dec. 2003
  • USA New York City Julia Burgos Cultural Center Jan. 2004
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Puerto Plata Casa de Cultura Dec. 2004
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Puerto Plata Casa de Cultura Jan. 2005
  • RUSSIA St. Petersburg House of Journalists March 2005
  • RUSSIA St. Petersburg Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel July 2005
  • RUSSIA St. Petersburg Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel Dec. 2005
  • RUSSIA St. Petersburg House of Journalists March 2006
  • RUSSIA St. Petersburg Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel May 2006
  • USA New York City NYC Bloomingdale Library August 2006
  • RUSSIA St. Petersburg Novotel St. Petersburg City Centre Sept.2006
  • USA New York City NYC Broadway Library Dec. 06-Jan. 07
  • RUSSIA St. Petersburg Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel March 2007
  • RUSSIA St. Petersburg Novotel St. Petersburg Centre July 2007
  • RUSSIA St. Petersburg Nashotel March 2008
  • RUSSIA St. Petersburg Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel Dec. 2008
  • USA New York City Contemporary Art Network Gallery March 2009
  • 1—A Watercolor "Artstudio" 28x25 won its

participation in the International Biennale Rome Italy '75 and was sold there by Vadim Nechaev.

  • 2- Won top prize at the Sono Art Fair.


  1. ^ a b Noonan, Norma C.; Carol Nechemias (2001). Encyclopedia of Russian women's movements. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 155–156. ISBN 0-313-30438-6. 
  2. ^ "Associates | The Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press". www.wifp.org. Retrieved 2017-06-21. 
  3. ^ "Table of Contents: Sisterhood is global :". Catalog.vsc.edu. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 


  • Aiken, Susan Hardy and Barker, Adele (1993). Dialogues/Dialogi. Duke University Press. ISBN 0-8223-1390-1
  • Rule, Wilma and Noonan, Norma (1996). Russian Women in Politics and Society. Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-29363-5

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