Skip to content

Solidarity's Secret

The Women Who Defeated Communism In Poland

By Shana Penn

"This important book explores one of the most pivotal periods in Polish history and deals with a topic nearly everyone else overlooked. Shana Penn's study begins with a simple question I wish I had thought more about myself: once the leadership of Solidarity had been arrested during the 1981 military coup, who kept the movement alive over the following months and years? The answer will surprise you, as Penn delves into the lives of seven Polish women activists who rose to the call, set about saving an entire political movement, and in time turned themselves into some of the most powerful women in Poland today."
---Lech Walesa, former President of Poland and winner of the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize


Solidarity's Secret is the first book to record the crucial yet little-known role women played in the rise of an independent press in Poland and in the fall of that country's communist government.

Shana Penn pieces together a decade of interviews with the women behind the Polish pro-democracy movement-women whose massive contributions were obscured by the more public successes of their male counterparts.

Penn reveals the story of how these brave women ran Solidarity and the main opposition newspaper, Tygodnik Mazowsze, while prominent men like Lech Walesa were underground or in jail during the 1980s martial law years. The same women then went on to play influential roles in post-communist Poland.

Solidarity's Secret gives us a richly detailed story-within-a-story-unheard of not only in the West, but until recently even within Poland itself-from one of the most important eras in modern history.

Format

Book

Availability

1 available at Main (Downtown)
  • 943.8056 Pen, Nonfiction

ISBN

0472113852


Format: Book
Author: Penn, Shana
Title: Solidarity's secret : the women who defeated Communism in Poland / Shana Penn.
Publisher Date: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2005.
Subject: NSZZ "Solidarność" (Labor organization) -- Political activity. Women political activists -- Poland -- History. Communism -- Poland -- History. Poland -- Politics and government -- 1980-1989
Isbn: 0472113852 (cloth : alk. paper)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: 943.8056 Pen
Oclc: 57564690
Upc:
Bib Id: 227653

Format: Book
Author: Penn, Shana
Title: Solidarity's secret : the women who defeated Communism in Poland / Shana Penn.
Publisher, Date: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2005.
Description: xvii, 372 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: NSZZ "Solidarność" (Labor organization) -- Political activity.
Subjects: Women political activists -- Poland -- History.
Subjects: Communism -- Poland -- History.
Subjects: Poland -- Politics and government -- 1980-1989
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 341-358) and index.
Contents: Introduction: national secret -- Women at the gates: Anna Walentynowicz and the August 1980 strikes -- Solidarity's "blank spot": the legal period and martial law -- Dark circles: building the Solidarity underground -- Floating offices: publishing the underground newspaper -- Wild card: the female stereotype as camouflage -- A third space: mutual dependencies and cooperation -- Patient revolution: women and leadership -- "Our romantic model": myth, literature, and women's place -- In the end, the beginning: adjustments and new problems for women after 1989 -- Filling in the "blank spot": the public discourse on women.
LCCN: 2005002603
ISBN: 0472113852 (cloth : alk. paper)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 943.8056 Pen