Magdalena Środa

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Magdalena Środa
Magdalena Środa Sejm 2014.JPG
Magdalena Środa (2014)
Born Magdalena Ciupak
(1957-01-07) January 7, 1957 (age 61)
Warsaw, Poland
Nationality Polish
Alma mater University of Warsaw
Occupation philosopher, ethicist, author
Title Extraordinary professor of ethics at the University of Warsaw
Spouse(s) Krzysztof Środa
Children 1 (daughter)
Parent(s) Edward Ciupak (deceased)
Ewa Ciupak

Magdalena Środa (née Magdalena Ciupak, b. January 7, 1957 in Warsaw) is a Polish philosopher, professor of ethics at the University of Warsaw, and a feminist author. She is also a columnist for the "Gazeta Wyborcza". She was government's Plenipotentiary for the Equal Status of Women and Men in the cabinet of Marek Belka between August 16, 2004 and November 4, 2005.

In 1980s Magdalena Środa was active in Solidarność movement. After 1989 she would not be involved in politics until 2004, when she was appointed by PM Marek Belka as the government's Plenipotentiary for the Equal Status of Women and Men. She has been advocating the separation of State and Church, LGBT rights, and more liberal abortion law. She is also known for her consistently anti-war stance on foreign policy.

In December 2004 there was a controversy over Środa's statement during an international conference on honour killings in Stockholm. When asked about the situation in Poland, she told Reuters: "Catholicism does not directly support or oppose violence against women. But there are indirect links through culture which is strongly based on religion".[1] These words were widely quoted in Polish media and sparked a public discussion about violence against women.

Another controversy blew up in March 2008 when Środa spoke publicly against the idea of protective measures for pregnant women in labour relations.[2] When criticised by parts of feminist movement for neglecting issues of social and economic justice, she responded: "either we do fight for serious treatment on labour markets or for the role of a holy cow because of an inseminated egg".[3]

Magdalena Środa at Barbican

Her academic research is focused on questions of individualism and its different critiques (from postmodern, feminist and communitarian positions) as well as on the ethics and politics of gender relations.

Top candidate to the European Parliament in 2009 from the list of red-orange-green coalition of Social Democracy of Poland-Democratic Party – 2004 (recommended by Zieloni 2004) in Łódź region.[4][5] She received 10 798 votes (2,25% of all votes in her region).[6] Coalition did not pass 5% threshold.

Books by Magdalena Środa[edit]

  • 1993: Idea godności w kulturze i etyce (The Idea of Dignity in Culture and Ethics)
  • 2003: Indywidualizm i jego krytycy (Individualism and its Discontents)
  • 2009: Kobiety i władza (Women and Power)


  1. ^ Graczyk, Roman (2004-12-27), "Amok polski", Gazeta Wyborcza (in Polish), retrieved 2009-05-23 
  2. ^ Środa, Magdalena (2008-03-10), "Kobieta - gorsza płeć?", Gazeta Wyborcza (in Polish), retrieved 2009-05-23 
  3. ^ Środa, Magdalena (2008-03-11), Nie wszystkie feministki muszą być socjalistkami ekonomicznymi (in Polish),, retrieved 2009-05-23 
  4. ^ Prof. Środa kandyduje do europarlamentu, portal z 18 marca 2009
  5. ^ Mam prawo wiedzieć. Kandydaci 2009
  6. ^ Serwis PKW – Wybory 2009