Malgorzata Fidelis in her book Women, Communism, and Industrialization in Postwar Poland sets out to examine gender policies during Stalinism and their transformation under the subsequent ‘Polish road to socialism’. She shows that the relative political liberalisation in the late 1950s was also accompanied by the abandonment of policies favouring women and the return to conservative prewar gender hierarchies. The essay finds that the book is a valuable contribution to the understanding of the vicissitudes of gender struggle during Communism in Poland. It also makes a contribution to the understanding of how the principles declared by the Communist Party were modified in response not only to economic necessities but also to local cultures and popular struggles. In this way it sheds light on the process of the legitimation of the Communist regime in Poland and beyond by accommodating demands from below.
FunkNanette‘Feminist Critiques of Liberalism: Can They Travel East? Their Relevance in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union’Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society2004293695726
JaroszDariuszJaniak-JasińskaA.SierakowskaK.SzwarcA.‘Idee, programy i realia: funkcje Ligi Kobiet w porządku instytucjonalnym Polski Ludowej 1945–1957’Działaczki społeczne feministki obywatelki. Samorganizowanie się kobiet na ziemiach polskich po 1918 roku (na tle porównawczym)2009Volume IIWarsawWydawnictwo Neriton