Śląsk; kobiety; praca kobiet; zmiana społeczna; pokolenia; wartości; style życia
Władza Sądzenia, nr 13/2017, s. 135-150
For a long industrial period of timeperiod,
women in Silesia were stereotypically seen
as a non-working wivesnon-working wives,
who were taking care of their hard-working
husbands – miners. The point of this article is
to show the place of professional work in the
life of Silesian women. In the first part of the
article, place of professional work in the life of
Silesian women was analysed since the period
of industrialism in the middle of XIX century
and interwar period, based on historical materials.
The period of real socialism and system
transformation was discussed on the basis
of sociological literature. During that time,
Silesian women were gradually entering the labour
market. In the second part of this article,
current work situation of women and socioprofessional
mobility in Silesian families due
to their work iswork is presented, it is based on
own research, which were carried out in the
typical working classworking-class district in
Katowice – Nikiszowiec and Giszowiec.
In the conclusion, the article concludes that
Silesian women within two genees only one,
made a huge change of their social position.
From being wives of their husbands,
mostly miners, they became educated workers.
Professional work is very important in their
lives. It has not only existential, but also selfdevelopment
and creative factors.