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Has capitalism been good to women in Slovakia?

I would like to know why such a formulation, because what is capitalism? Do you think of the system in the 19th century or that in which the current democratic states live? I have never lived in either of them, and what you have not experienced, you cannot know. The level of good depends on to which regime you compare it. Today we might compare it with socialism and with fundamentalism and maybe even with the life of the rest of the primitive nations. Something different is suitable for everybody - and of course for every woman. Lots of women need someone to take care of them, but there are more and more women who want freedom and independence, but of course they have to pay for it...
Annamária Brunovská, Manager of the Slovak Association of Judges

I would like to know why such a formulation, because what is capitalism? Do you think of the system in the 19th century or that in which the current democratic states live? I have never lived in either of them, and what you have not experienced, you cannot know. The level of good depends on to which regime you compare it.

Today we might compare it with socialism and with fundamentalism and maybe even with the life of the rest of the primitive nations. Something different is suitable for everybody - and of course for every woman. Lots of women need someone to take care of them, but there are more and more women who want freedom and independence, but of course they have to pay for it. The rank of and respect for a woman doesn't result from how her equality from men is declared or her recognition by society. It depends on how and with what effort she has a chance to live a normal quiet life and also be successful in her profession.

The fundamental approach to women is strange to me and in capitalism (based on my experience on business and other trips around the world) and also in socialism I see many negatives. In every society it's still harder for women and I don't think that it can be improved by solutions of percentage ratios or by lodging complaints of sexual harassment. It could be solved only by the gradual mental and educational development of everybody so women will be understood as a partner to men by women and also by men. By this time I would rather wish to live in one of these primitive nations.

Annamária Brunovská, Manager of the Slovak Association of Judges


No. The position of a woman in the capitalistic society differs according to the economic and democratic standard in individual countries. Social conditions - political, economic, legal, educational, moral, and religious - don't create conditions for the real equality of women. The economic and social position of a woman differs from the position of a man. The result is existential dependency, imbalanced positions, and patriarchal oppression in the marriage, a lower level of education and qualification for women involved in the working process, lower wages, and insufficient representation of women in leadership functions and economic and political life.

Alena Chlapiková, Mayor of Trenčianske Teplice


Compared to the previous socialist era, definitely yes. The labor market enabled fair play without an artificial accent on gender, rather than the old socialist system that allowed women to achieve any top position because the system wanted to demonstrate how it could treat women. The other question is whether or not women can cope with capitalist rules and use them to their benefit.

Tatiana Repková, Editor of Trend weekly business newspaper


I think in the past capitalism was good to women. And nowadays there are more opportunities for women - although, I think, there are still less than for men.

Anna Ižoldová, Personnel Director of Slovenské Energetické Strojárne


What we today call simply "capitalism" has its own history. In its beginnings, and unfortunately partially today in our country, it was an order based on social Darwinism. Only the strong person had the right to survive, and a woman was weaker. The position of a woman in most developed countries with market economies is different today: it gives her almost equal rights as a man. When we will get to that point in our country, when our society will be more social and more human, remains to be seen.

Brigita Schmögnerová, MP for the Party of the Democratic Left


Capitalism has been very good to me. It is professionally beneficial and demanding, but I accept it the way I know it.

Katarina Vajdová, Director of the Center for Independent Journalism


It was and it is - it provided them freedom and equal rights. At the same time, it wasn't and it isn't - it took away women's freedom and equal rights. And what else? Children, family background, social ties, self-awareness, culture security, and health - can the complexity of life be squeezed into the narrow framework of politics and economics? It is time to leave conservative paradigms aside: to live as a multi-dimensional person, as a harmonious part of universal nature. And especially to do everything necessary to enable our descendants to live in this way.

Lubica Trubiniová, Director of Greenpeace Slovakia


The social system in and of itself is not a guarantee of positive perception of the needs of woman. The cultural, historical, and legislative state of society, the perceptions of family, and the total status of a woman - all these factors limit the quality of relations towards women. Capitalism is totally different in the countries of the third world and in the advanced democracies in its behavior towards women. In our changing surroundings, it is necessary to wish that women's rights stay in our constitution and the labor code, and the position of a woman would get stronger thanks to the law about the family.

Viera Šefčiková, Deputy Chairperson of the Democratic Union of Women

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