The new issue of the Hoover Digest has this interesting tidbit.
Maria Botchkareva, a Russian peasant who fled an abusive family life to join the Imperial Russian Army in 1914, was the war’s most famous female soldier. She was not alone: an estimated 400 to 1,000 women and girls enlisted in the tsar’s army. Botchkareva faced ridicule and sexual harassment, as did other female soldiers, but she proved herself in battle. After the Romanovs fell in March 1917, the Provisional Government allowed her to form the Women’s Battalion of Death, whose heroic example, she hoped, would shame demoralized Russian men into resuming the fight against Germany and Austria.