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Shana Penn received the European Solidarity Centre Medal of Gratitude in recognition of her research on the role of women in the Solidarity movement

Taube Philanthropies executive director and the first director of the Network of EastWest Women (in the 90s) Shana Penn received the European Solidarity Centre Medal of Gratitude on Aug. 31 in recognition of her groundbreaking research on the role of women in the Solidarity movement

that led to the end of communism in Poland. “Her work influenced other scholars, activists, cultural actors and politicians to look at the legacy of Solidarnosc from that perspective,” said the European Solidarity Centre. Her 2005 book is “Solidarity’s Secret: The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland.”

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