I often write about U.S. women's issues, but I came across a woman of note whose legacy has been largely neglected by Western historians. Her life and death should be more widely known to American women. So here goes.
Remember the plane crash earlier this month near Smolensk in which the President of Poland and other important figures in Polish politics perished? Among the passengers on that plane was one
In 1978 together with a few others, she was the co-founder of a "
The strike occurred in a very nervous atmosphere as a similar strike in 1970 was broken by security police troops by shooting at the workers. Now the government negotiated as a whole of Poland was paralyzed and eventually accepted 21 worker conditions. The strike ended and workers started to return home. However, Walentynowicz and other women turned them back from the gate, asking: "What about others who supported us?" The workers returned and continued the strike until the agreement was extended to all factories in Poland.
It's interesting to note that once again, a man (in this case Walesa) has stolen from a woman what was rightfully hers: a major place in history. I'm not saying this is always what happens, but the Western record is rife with such thefts. Let's hope from here on out they become rarer and fewer in number.
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