“Siłaczki” by Marta Dzido and Piotr Śliwowski is a historical, feature-length documentary film telling the story of our great-grandmothers whose efforts, stubbornness and consistency led to Józef Piłsudski signing the decree on women’s electoral rights on 28 November 1918. It shows their struggle for access to education and paid work, their commitment to regaining independence and their steadfastness in spreading the ideas of freedom and emancipation.
We would like to invite you to the “Siłaczki” show, which will take place on August 22nd at 6 p.m. in Krakow’s Villa Decius. The introduction will be given by Marta Dzido, co-author of the film, who is currently in Krakow as part of the Willa Decjusza Association and the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation.
We are human beings and we demand human rights! – Kazimiera Bujwidova, an advocate of abolishing the ban on women’s admission to universities. Let us dare to be free! – encouraged Maria Dulębianka, the first candidate for a member of the Sejm, at a time when women did not yet have the right to vote. We want a lifetime! – Zofia Nałkowska shouted, demanding equality not only in political but also in moral terms. No gender difference! – Paulina Kuczalska, called – not without reason – the Pope of feminism. They fought for rights in a country that was not on the map at that time. They were told: Now is not the time to fight for women’s rights! But they did not want an independent Poland without free Polish women. Fighters, patriots, activists, soldiers, suffragettes – it is about them that the fictionalized documentary Siłaczki tells the story. About their long battle for women’s cause, because – as Zofia Daszyńska – Golińska shouted in 1911 during the march of Krakow’s emancipated women: You don’t get rights! You get rights in a fight! (source: silaczki.org.pl)