The status of women's rights today contrasts dramatically in different countries and some ethnic groups or economic classes.

Women have been granted the right to vote in most nations, but women's share in governmental decision-making is still limited. Despite the fact that in 1994 women headed the governments of 10 countries, more than 100 countries had no female members in their administration. Women represent about 9 percent of parliamentary representatives in industrialized countries and 12 percent in developing countries.

Many differences keep on between women's legal rights and their economic status. Women today represent nearly 70 percent of the world's poor, despite international works to compensate women and men equally in the workplace.

Women remain at a disadvantage in education also. While primary school employment for girls now is generally equals that of boys, women represent about two-thirds of the world's one billion uneducated adults. On the other hand, women are entering colleges and universities in increasing numbers. In Eastern Europe more women than men have joined in institutions of higher education during the 1990s.

Reproductive rights for women are different from country to country. Contraception is available in most countries, with the exception of a few fundamentalist Islamic nations, such as Iran. However, women in many countries are too poor or uneducated to obtain effective birth control. Abortion is legal in many industrialized Western nations. Some overpopulated countries have the most liberal abortion rules. For example China, which encourages families to have only one child.

I think that men and women in Poland are generally equal. In the past women, not only in Poland, didn't have right to vote or right to learn. They had to work in the house with children because a man was "head of family". Today only in some countries, women are treated worse.

In Poland women have the same rights as men. Certainly there are people who say that in Poland women are discriminated. For example, employers don't want to employ young women who start their family life, because they are afraid of pregnancy, but it isn't a rule.

The other point of discrimination is when man earns more money on the same post. As I can see the most important are now qualifications, not sex.

There are some jobs which are better done by women, like a nurse and by men like a miner, a solder or an undertaker. We can't change this because it is a part of psyche.

I have got a hope that in future there will not be any foundation which would say that women are treated worse than men. Nowadays we can see more and more women that have high positions in government, women driving cars and making a business.

The situation of women is getting better and better. But on the other hand it is possible that somebody always will be unsatisfied, talking that it could be better.