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Climate change. About women

Climate change. About women

 

Polish Women

The past of dead sleep is behind us. The hand of righteous measure on the clock of freedom is already approaching the hour of liberation. With a loud protest, a woman rejects slave passivity of a snailish existence. A woman cannot perform civil duties in her home and Homeland when her voice does not condition her right to these duties. A woman wants to be a free mother of free generations. (Paulina Kuczalska-Reinschmit, fragment of the Proclamation from: Chcemy całego życia. Antologia polskich tekstów feministycznych z lat 1870-1939, collected by: Aneta Górnicka-Boratyńska, Editor: Czarna Owca, Warsaw 2018)

Women fought for electoral rights, the right to work and education, the right to moral and sexual freedom - which can best be summarized in Zofia Nałkowska's sentence "We want the whole life!", ending her paper delivered at the Congress of Polish Women in Warsaw in 1907. The words will resound again in fragments of manifestos (from: Chcemy całego życia. Antologia polskich tekstów feministycznych z lat 1870-1939 – collected by: Aneta Górnicka-Boratyńska) read out by actresses of the Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz: Dagmara Mrowiec-Matuszak, Emilia Piech and Małgorzata Trofimiuk.

In this way, the Polish Theatre begins a series of debates entitled "Climate Change". Each conversation will be an attempt to answer basic questions about current problems of the contemporary world. Are the changes that are taking place at a rapid pace fundamental changes, aiming at something new, better? Are they just appearances that give a momentary sense of satisfaction leading to sleep rather than real progress? Where is the need for change most urgent and dire?

Our history without herstory is incomplete. Our identity without remembering the women who built herstory is flawed. (....) Women without knowledge of their past are deprived of essential foundations of their own identity. Virginia Woolf wrote in "A Room  of One’s Own" that: ‘Anonymity has become the second nature of a woman’. Indeed. We do not know who the women in history were, our memory of their fate is limited, uncertain, flawed. That is why we do not know: who a woman is at all. (prof. Magdalena Środa, Wszystkich praw! Całego życia! in: Chcemy całego życia. Antologia polskich tekstów feministycznych z lat 1870-1939, collected by: Aneta Górnicka-Boratyńska, Editor: Czarna Owca, Warsaw 2018)

In view of the 100th anniversary of women's electoral rights, the first debate, which will take place after reading out the selected manifestos, is dedicated to this very issue. What has changed from the perspective of the 21st century, and what is still an undefined postulate? What do manifestos sound like today – what women used to fight for, and what do they still have to fight for today? How do they exercise the rights they managed to win?

 

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