Womens Magazine

Gender Trouble in Poland

Right wing campaigns like Donald Trumps are not new and have been occurring throughout Europe. In 2015 Poland elected a right wing government that like Trump campaigned on an anti immigrant and anti feminist agenda as well as an anti- neo-

Thousands of women demonstrate in Poland against new proposed anti-abortion law
Thousands of women demonstrate in Poland against new proposed anti-abortion law

liberalism and anti-globalism agenda. Then on October 3rd thousands of Polish women walked out of their jobs and protested a proposed new law making abortion entirely illegal taking the one year old right wing Law and Justice government by surprise and delaying the new bill. In 1980 Poland lead by its new independent union Solidarity was one of the first countries in Eastern Europe to have a successful uprising against Soviet domination. Today the Catholic church and right wing dominate Poland. As we begin our struggle with a neo-facist government lead by Donald Trump can we learn from the right wing movements and the uprising of feminist and other activists against these authoritarian governments in Europe and in Poland? Today on KPFA Radio’s Women’s Magazine we talk to New School Professor Ann Snitow about feminism and the right wing in Poland and her article in the fall issue of Dissent “Gender Trouble in Poland.”

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