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A political biography of one feminist activist in Poland, Slawka Walczewska, this piece explores how feminism was lived in a day to day way in the years before the fall of communism. How did early Polish feminists first develop feminist ideas? Given the censorship they lived under before the fall of the Berlin Wall, what were their encounters with the explosion of feminist movements elsewhere in the world? What kinds of communities did they come from and form? What are the particular challenges Polish feminists faced where both church and family have been key institutions in maintaining an always-threatened nation?...

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