“Men and women citizens! Our mother is perishing. Our mother is
. I want to help save her. I
want women whose hearts are loyal, whose souls are pure, whose aims are high.
With such women setting an example of self-sacrifice you men will realize your
duty in this grave hour! Women, do you know what I have called you here for? Do
you realize clearly the task lying ahead of you? Do you know what war is? War!
Look into your hearts, examine your souls and see if you can stand the great
One of Maria Bochkareva's recruiting speeches, included in "Maria Bochkareva and the Women's Battalion of Death" from Women Heroes of World War I.