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Open Apartments, Open Hearts – Defiant Women in the Normalisation Era

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: June 21, 2023, 19:00 – 21:00

Open apartments in a closed period. Islands of freedom despite the constant threat of losing just that. Female hostesses, wives, mothers, activists… What was life like in open apartments? What were the pleasures and pitfalls for inhabitants? What did it mean for the children who grew up in them? And did these defiant, unconventional women regard themselves as feminists? These questions will be discussed by Kamila Bendová, a mathematician, mother of six and key figure in the dissent; Pavla Paloušová, a Charter 77 signatory and daughter of the recently deceased Dana Němcová; and Mirek Vodrážka, a feminist, underground musician and journalist.


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