Polish women and Polish girls are at the forefront of a cultural change in their country.

Women in Poland are fiercely loyal, yet not wanting to be constrained by traditional values. They are independent, smart, down to earth, and beautiful in every sense of the word.

This article is not written about how to pick up, date, bang or marry Polish girls. If it’s your genitals that directed you here, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

Leah at Polonization.pl wrote an interesting article: ‘The differences between American and Polish Men‘. Unlike her though, I’ve only ever dated one Pole!

Polish women & stereotypes

I’m not personally comfortable with painting every woman in a country with the same brush. Every human has different characteristics and doesn’t necessarily live up to pre-conceived stereotypes. Obviously.

So rather than comparing Australian women to Polish women, I thought I’d dedicate this blog to sharing what I do know about Polish kobiety – the battles they constantly fight, females Poles through history and how they’ve changed the country.

And for those of you wondering:

Beautiful in Polish –Piękny

(pee-yenk-neh) 

You are beautiful In Polish – Jesteś piękna (yes-tesh pee-yenk-na)

Female Poles and Poles, in general, are sculpting themselves a new society. But the ladies of this land, in particular, find themselves at a crossroad.

Polish Women and Politics

3 times since 1989, has the Polish Prime Minister been female. Significantly better than Australia’s tally of female Prime Ministers. One, in over 100 years.

But the most recent female PM, Beata Szydło, and her cabinet seem to have put women’s rights more toward the bottom of the ‘to-do’ list.

polish women beata szydłosource

With traditional Polish values the Catholic Church being forced down their collective throat, many Polish girls I know in the form of English students, work colleagues and friends have felt their rights over their own body eroded away by politics seeping its way into their private life.

Without focusing on the problem too much, I’ll just quietly state my personal opinion quickly. A human being should be able to pick and choose their own ‘traditional’ values – plus, what they can and can’t do with their body. That’s not such an absurd opinion, is it?

With the current political climate briefly spoken about, it’s worth shedding some light on how progressive Poland has been towards its ladies in the past, too.

Polish Women and feminism in Poland

In the years before World War 2, a young author and translator by the name of Irena Krzywicka would meet and fall in love with fellow author, stage writer, poet, translator and (believe it or not) gynaecologist Tadeusz ‘Boy’ Żeleński.

In the subsequent years, they would work together from his Warsaw clinic, spreading their knowledge about sex education and birth control.

Right-wing supporters would often verbally slander her, claiming she was ‘harming the nation’ by talking about women’s sexuality, abortion, and homosexuality.

polish women feminismThe beautiful and talented Irena Krzywicka.

Both Krzywicka and Boy heavily protest against interference of the Catholic Church into the intimate lives of Polish women and men.

After World War 2, women in Poland were in many ways better off than women in Western Europe, the U.K, and the U.S.

Communism by definition promoted women’s emancipation from work and family.

Propaganda of that time promoted women and men as equals in factory work, agriculture, and politics.

Zofia Wasilkowska was a communist politician responsible for women’s affairs in Poland between 1948 and 1953. In 1956 she became the Minister for Justice making her the first female Minister of a government, anywhere in the world.

The rights of Polish women

One woman who stood up for not only women’s political rights, but also women’s sexuality in communist Poland was Michalina Wisłocka.

A gynecologist, author, and sexologist, Wislocka wrote the first guide to sexual life under Communism, titled Sztuka Kochania. Her publication became a best seller and started to ease the ‘taboo’ around sex, sexual education, sexual identity, and sex life in Poland.

She co-founded a maternal society that went on to pioneer infertility, birth control and family planning in Poland.

women in poland Michalina Wisłockasource

Czarny protest‘ was my first personal experience with feminism in Poland. In early October 2016, women, men and children took to the streets in all large towns in Poland to protest the previously mention abortion laws.

To quote my girlfriend on the occasion,

‘This has nothing to do with politics or religion. It’s about me, my body and my rights to make my own choices.’

polish women czarny protestWarsaw Old Town, October 11, 2016, for Czarny Protest.

Polish women & Slavic beauty

My first trip to Eastern Europe was in 2007, and I spent a lot of time in Prague.

At the time, my girlfriend back then was part Irish.

Upon hearing about my travel plans, her Dubliner father said to me

‘Phil, Phil my boy, you’re going to discover the beauty of Slavic girls. And when ye do, you won’t be my daughter’s boyfriend fer much longer. And as a man that’s spent many teenage summers in the Ukraine, I understand why’.

polish womensource

I had no idea what he meant until arriving in Prague. On a balmy July afternoon, walking through the center of Prague I was utterly astounded at the sheer numbers of beautiful women.

Tall, petite, very feminine and very ‘casual’. It’s incredibly hard to not sound shallow, trying to find the relevant adjectives. Nevertheless, these observations followed through my brief visits to Krakow and Katowice, too.

In the west (and Australia) the image of the ‘Eastern European mailorder bride’ is well known. An incredibly beautiful woman, with zero personality.

I’d like to state it’s not true.

Slavic women, well every single one I’ve met, has had more personality and attitude than just about any other Cockney Londoner, Bogan Australian or Prissy Californian I’ve met!

All except the babcias. They’re utterly savage when it comes to getting on and off the bus. Their little wózek na zakupy should be classed as a weapon. They most certainly do live up to the ‘tough granny’ stereotype. ZACZEKAJ, PROSZĘ

polish women weaponsource

World famous Polish Women

Maria Skłodowska Curie

Nope, she’s not French, she’s Polish – and Poles love her just as much as she loved Polonium.

Born in 1867 in Warsaw and responsible for some of the most ground-breaking research in radioactivity.  She was the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, the first and only woman to win two Nobel Peace Prizes and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different fields.

How’s that for a career of accomplishment and recognition!

polish women marie curie

The beloved Marie Skłodowska on the 20 złoty note. source

That long list of achievements included

  • Development of the theory of radioactivity
  • isolating radioisotopes
  • the discovery of Polonium and Radium
  • development of portable x-rays for use in the trenches of WW1

Even after becoming a French citizen, she never lost her Polish roots. She taught her kids Polish and regularly returned to Poland to visit.

Agnieszka Holland

Agnieszka Holland, a name you may not have heard of, but there’s every chance you’ve seen her work as she is a very prolific director.

Holland got her break in the international film community after the release of her 1990 film Europa Europa and later with 2011’s In Darkness.

As well as that, her latest work, Spoor (Pokot, in Polish) was incredibly well received and won an award at the Berlin Film Festival. She has also directed episodes of Cold Case and House of Cards.

She will also be directing Poland’s first Netflix series.

Izabella Scorupco

Not only was GoldenEye the best Bond film ever, Natalya Simonova was probably my favorite Bond girl.

Famke Janssen went on to be the lustful killer, but the Natalya the scientist was the one for me.

polish women Natalya Simonova

Natalya and good friend, Boris. 

Other well-known lady Poles that must be mentioned:

  • Emilia Plater – a heroic Polish woman, born in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. She was at the forefront of the November 1830 uprising against Russia.
  • Krystyna Skarbek – an agent of the British Special Operation Executive during WW2. She’s best known for her unorthodox missions and daring exploits again Germany in occupied Poland.
  • Irena Szewińska – Poland’s most-decorated female Olympian, winning a total of 7 medals in the field of athletics.

Polish women – some characteristics & stereotypes

While I did start this article saying not all women are the same, there are a few things I’ve found a lot of Polish women have in common.

  • Super-model beauty – There are many beautiful Polish men, but when I ask some of my Polish guy friends what their partners do, so many casually say ‘oh she’s a model’. Then, when I get the chance to meet his girlfriend, I see he’s batting way above his average.

Kasia ‘Jac’ Jagacial. Source.

  • Modest – many Polish girls that I ask to speak English with, hit me with the reply ‘oh nieeeee, nie mogę’ and then proceed to speak perfect English.
  • Incredible livers – my god, they can put it away. Beer, Vodka, all of it seems to have no effect on them.
  • Fantastic with money – and I don’t mean they’re tight. I get the feeling that nowhere near as many women go shopping ‘just because’ as they do back in Australia. Polish ladies save money and are quite thrifty. Polish girls want value for their złoty.
  • Always dress well. I’ve never ever seen a woman in Warsaw walking around in public in anything less ‘elegant’ than business attire. I truly believe that no one here owns a crappy hoody or ratty sweatpants. It just does not happen.

So there you have it!

Who are some more famous Polish women that weren’t mentioned here? What are some other fantastic traits that make Polish women unique? Let me know in the comments!

 


6 Comments

Leah · January 21, 2018 at 8:41 pm

Great post! Hoping that the idea of feminism in Poland generally will become less stereotypical. It seems most women tend to shy away from the concept, while some men, albeit few but still, vehemently oppose even the mention of the word.
About appearance – I think it’s cool that women in Poland take a lot of pride in their appearance, not in the vain way, but just in the way that it’s important to present themselves nicely. I don’t know what it looks like in Australia but in the U.S. a lot of people in general just don’t care much. People go to university lessons in pjs or their gym clothes and I just can’t imagine anyone doing that here, you know?

Catherine · July 8, 2018 at 10:15 am

Hi Phil
Really enjoying reading your blog, particularly this article. However, I’m not quite sure that Irene Krzywicka would approve of the photograph you have attributed to her likeness. I’m pretty sure that’s ex-King Edward’s Wallis Simpson. 🙂
Catherine

Robert · August 1, 2018 at 10:48 pm

Ukraine women are also very beautiful and their are literally tens of thousands single and divorced looking for foreign husbands. Many are quite young, 18, 19 or so want to get married which is contrary to the women of other countries. Many are also doctors, lawyers, and models. They are all beautiful. Some may overdue it a bit with makeup which looks like there living in the 1950’s with the Marilyn Monroe look but when you see their natural appearances, oh my gosh!, drop dead gorgeous! I would love to have a few dozen for myself!!

Hugorello · August 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Hope the Feministic drive in Poland is not like Europe ..to kill the culture and import soldiers from Africa .

Florian G. · August 10, 2018 at 3:31 pm

I have the same feeling as you, and I’m coming from France, which has also lots of stereotype when it’s down to French woman.

    Phil Forbes · August 13, 2018 at 7:30 am

    What differences do you notice between Polish and French women? 🙂

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