Everyday Life and Duties of Polish Women in the Rural Provinces of North-East Poland During the First World War.

TitleEveryday Life and Duties of Polish Women in the Rural Provinces of North-East Poland During the First World War.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsDajnowicz, MaƂgorzata
JournalWomen's History Review
Volume26
Issue4
Pagination597 - 607
Date Published2017/08//
Abstract

As a result of the First World War Poland regained its independence. Although this was a long awaited desire by Poles whose territories had been partitioned between Prussia, the Russian Empire and Austria since 1795, it also brought fears and feelings of uncertainty about what the future would bring. Polish women perceived the beginning of the war, especially during 1914, as an internal fight between Russians and Germans. They had memories of previous Russian-German fighting in the territory close to the Prussian border. During the war Polish women's lives were dominated by concern for the safety and well-being of their menfolk, providing help to the injured, the needy and war orphans, and finding food for themselves and their families. The involvement of women in public life and the fight for women's rights which had begun to develop before 1914 remained largely suspended for the duration of the war as Polish women were totally occupied with their own and their families' survival. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]