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Polish Women

Polish women are unlike Western women due to the historical, cultural, and political situation of Poland. The woman in Poland has always been put on the pedestal. She has been cherished as a homemaker, a mother to her children and a great wife. She has always been a pillar of a family, many times working outside of the home and taking care of her husband and her children on top of that.

A Polish woman

Since Polish society gives a high priority of raising children, the women are given the responsibility of raising children and caring for their family. They are the ones that get up early in the morning, prepare breakfast and get the kids ready to school. Many Polish women are stay-at-home mothers. They have enough time and energy to take care of the children, play with them, and make sure that they have everything they need. There are some Polish women, however, who work professionally outside of home. In such situations, small children are either in a day care during they day or spend the day at one of the relatives. Since extended family is very important in Poland, the more popular arrangement is that either a grandma or aunt will care for the children while the mother is at work.

Polish women take care of their husbands just as much as they take care of their children.

As a matter of fact, the women work double jobs while their husbands usually work at only one job. The majority of women work professionally outside of their homes. The jobs they hold are usually in the areas of healthcare and education. Demanding as those jobs may be, the Polish women are expected to give the 100% of their efforts to caring for their husband and the household. Right after they come back home from work they begin their homely duties such as cleaning, cooking, washing dishes and doing laundry. The women work hard so that when their husbands come home they can enjoy the atmosphere of a clean home. Polish women take pride in being able to offer freshly cooked meal to their husbands and allow them to relax in the atmosphere of their home.

Apart from extensive knowledge on how to take care of their families' appetites and leisure time, women born in Poland know a lot about being economical and diligent. They won't waste anything that can still be of use unless the family decides otherwise. Moreover, some of them can even fix broken things, like scratches on walls, broken windows or... leaking faucets, but they do appreciate if a man can do it for them.

Polish females marry on average at age 23-26 and men at age 26-30. Once they get married, they hardly ever divorce. Divorce is not as prevalent in Poland as it is in many of the other former communist countries such as Russia. This difference is associated with Poland being a traditionally Catholic country, where over 90% are Catholic. Catholicism forbids married couples to divorce. Even if they do divorce, Polish females are unwilling to remarry. Typically, in a divorce women receive custody of the children. In 1991, women were granted sole custody of the children in over 70% of the divorce cases involving children under age 18. As wives, Polish women are very faithful and devoted. Once their trust is broken, however, they are not likely to trust somebody else. Due to their upbringing, they are taught to be faithful to one man and one man only.

A Polish woman

Polish women have always had equal access to education and today they have higher levels of educational attainment than young Polish men. Poland, like the rest of the Soviet alliance in Eastern Europe, offered women more opportunities for higher education and employment, than did most West European countries. Many professions, such as architecture, engineering, and university teaching, employed a considerably higher percentage of women in Poland than in the West, and over 60 percent of medical students in 1980 were women. In many households in the 1980s, women earned more than their husbands. Yet the socialist system that yielded those statistics also uniformly excluded women from the highest positions of economic and political power. The end of communist government brought a new debate about women's role in Polish society. A significant part of society saw the political transformation as an appropriate time for women to return full-time to the home after communism had forced them into the workplace and weakened the Polish family.

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