25 November 2014, 15:15 — 16:00

Cultural determinants of sexism in Poland

Room 1


Dear Students,

You are invited to take part in the next Scientific Tuesday meeting entitled "Cultural determinants of sexism in Poland" by Dr Jasia Pietrzak and Małgorzata Mikołajczak.

When: 25 Nov, 15:15
Where: room 1

Although stereotypes about women have been changing in recent decades, basic gender inequalities remain intact. How do we reconcile the perception of women as competent, able, assertive individuals with the continued bias against them in positions of leadership? To explain this riddle, we focus on Poland, where gender attitudes have been influenced by a unique blend of romantic models and patriotic sentiments, Catholic Church teachings, the sociocultural legacy of communism, and, most recently, the rapid system transformation. This unique sociopolitical history has prompted the development of specific beliefs: 1. the conviction that the fundamental role of a woman is that of the mother; 2. the responsibility for aesthetics that is placed upon women; and 3. a belief in women's resourcefulness. These basic tenets form a rich structure of prejudice not encapsulated by existing theories of sexism. They are, however, of substantial importance for the everyday lives of women--and men--and the maintenance of the gender inequality in society at large. I will talk about several studies conducted in the past couple of years that demonstrate these basic ideas.