Marija Aušrinė Pavilionienė

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Marija Aušrinė Pavilionienė
Member of the Seimas
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1944-04-06) 6 April 1944 (age 72)
Kaunas, Lithuania
Political party Social Democratic Party of Lithuania (since 2008)
Other political
Liberal Democratic Party (2004-2008)
Spouse(s) Rolandas Pavilionis (until 2006)
Children Šarūnas
Mother Jadvyga Ramanauskaitė
Father Vladas Fedotas-Sipavičius, Sipaitis
Alma mater University of Vilnius

Marija Aušrinė Pavilionienė (born April 6, 1944 in Kaunas, Lithuania) is a Lithuanian philologist, professor, human rights activist, feminist writer and politician. She had been a member of Seimas from 2004 to 2008 as a member of Liberal Democratic Party of Lithuania and since 2009 as a member of Social Democratic Party of Lithuania.

Marija Aušrinė was born in the family of actors Vladas Fedotas-Sipavičius and Jadvyga Ramanauskaitė and finished the 23rd Vilnius School. In 1967 she graduated from Vilnius State University, continuing her studies in American literature problems. In 1977 she maintained a thesis for a PhD degree in Philology in Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

Her husband Rolandas Pavilionis was a Member of the European Parliament and had been a dean of Vilnius University from 1990 to 2000. The two had two sons, one of whom is an ambassador to the United States.

Political activism and scientific work[edit]

Marija Aušrinė Pavilionienė is one of the most well-known LGBT rights activists in Lithuania, the chairman of Ad Hoc Group of Seimas Members for Equality.[1] She is also a prominent feminist thinker[2] and occasionally publishes articles about gender issues.

Pavilionienė was a member of the Groups of Seimas concerning human rights in Tibet and Belarus while in her first term in Seimas.[3]


  • The Universal Literature of the 20th century. (XX amžiaus visuotinė literatūra). Kaunas: Šviesa, 1992;
  • Western Literature of the 20th century. (XX a. Vakarų literatūra) Vilnius: Vilnius University, 1994–1995;
  • Feminism and Literature (Feminizmas ir literatūra). Vilnius: Vilnius University, 1996;
  • The Drama of Genders (Lyčių drama). Vilnius: Vilnius University, 1998;
  • Romanticism in Western Literature (Romantizmas Vakarų literatūroje). Vilnius: Vilnius University, 2000;
  • The Performances of Life and Theatre: Western Drama of the 20th Century (Gyvenimo ir teatro vaidinimai: XX amžiaus Vakarų drama). Vilnius: Charibdė, 2004;
  • Expectancies and Disappointment (Viltys ir nusivylimai). 2011