Today is an anniversary of Ann Snitow's birthday. Ann was born on the 8th of May, 1943 in New York and died last year on the 10th of August.
As friends and members of the Network of East-West Women, NEWW-Poland we want to add our remembrances of Ann's contribution to feminist thought but also to our lives, activism and happy moments that we spent together. Since the meeting in Dubrovnik in June 1991, which marked the beginning of the Network of East-West Women Ann has always been with us supporting the building of a feminist movement in our part of Europe. Always asking helpful questions and not imposing answers.
In one of her interviews (in Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza) Ann expressed her view on the situation of Polish feminists:
"These girls opposed the entire patriarchal structure, which condemned them to monstrous loneliness. They were seen as a ridiculous minority and treated with contempt. The decision to become a feminist activist required great courage and the people who decided to be ones were real dissidents."
It is impossible to enumerate all discussions, meetings and summer schools in which Ann participated but some of them should be mentioned here: Ann's "Book and Journal Project" that provided hundreds, if not thousands of books to feminist libraries, academics and grass-root activists in our part of the world, grants for translations and for printing costs for leaflets and posters; Ann's numerous visits to Kraków to teach at the New School for Social Research Summer Schools; Ann's support for NEWW's Legal and Economic Fellowship Programs and last but not least, Ann's book "The Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary" that was translated into Polish in 2018.
Ann, we love you and you will always be in our thoughts and inspire our activism to make the world a better place. Thank you! We feel lucky to have met you! We will continue our common work!