Polish women

DECEMBER 7, 2023
PLACE: Frostburg State University

ADDRESS:Lane University Center Rm 113

TIME:12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

CONTACT: Kara Rogers-Thomas

PHONE: 240 522 7635

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PLACE: Mountain City Traditional Arts

ADDRESS: 25 E. Main St, Frostburg, MD


CONTACT: Kara RogersThomas

PHONE: 301 687 8040

“From Maria Skłodowska-Curie, the greatest female scientist in history, to Wanda Rutkiewicz, the fearless Himalayan climber. From Maria Siemionow, the author of the world's first nearly total face transplant, to the first Polish female parliamentarians. From Irena Sendler, the Polish nurse who saved hundreds of children from the Warsaw Ghetto, to Wisława Szymborska, the Polish poet beloved worldwide. Poland, its history, and its present can be portrayed in various ways. Personally, Katerzyna Rybka-Iwaska  finds the most captivating approach is to narrate the story of my country through the remarkable women who have shaped it. Often, and significantly so, these are tales that remain undiscovered, at best residing in a niche. It's time to change that and complete the "missing half of history."

Katarzyna Rybka-Iwańska is a career diplomat and the head of public and cultural diplomacy at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C. In her previous posting at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tel Aviv (2018-2022), she headed public diplomacy and communications. Between September,2021 and January, 2022, she was the chargéd'affaires a.i. of the Republic of Poland in the State of Israel. 

Prior to being posted overseas, Katarzyna assisted the Board of Strategic Advisors to the Prime Minister in Poland’s Prime Minister’s Office (2008-2010) and spent eight years at the Foreign Policy Planning Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010-2018). She is an expert in strategic planning, especially in public and cultural diplomacy, as well as in educational, digital projects, and in promoting women’s stories. Regarding the last topic, Katarzyna has repeatedly conducted workshops for educators, as well as delivered guest lectures and lessons on the subject of women's contributions to the history of Poland.