Born in 1954. Sociologist, publicist, writer, literary critic. One of the main figures of the circle “Krytyka Polityczna”. Since 1977 co-worker of KOR [Workers’ Defence Committee] and the Independent Publishing House. She worked in the organisation of distributing and selling independent press and books. Taken into custody for 48 hours several times, interrogated, revisions conducted in her home. She also participated in the organisation and meetings of the Flying University and SKS [Student Solidarity Committee]. She did not enlist in Solidarność [Solidarity] due to her aversion to Lech Wałęsa, the Catholic Church and the Polish nation. Interned on 13 December together with her husband and five-month-old son, Stanisław, who ended up in a children’s home. Released after a few days. After 1989, she cooperated with the feminist movement. Co-founder of the Green party. Columnist of “Wysokie Obcasy” (addition to “Gazeta Wyborcza”). Author of several publications (among others Tao of the housewife, Pumpkin coach – finalist of the Literary Award Nike in 2001) and research papers (among others, co-author and co-editor of the sociological paper Other people’s problems. About the importance of what is unimportant). Author of the book Reading Poland. Polish literature after 1989 towards the dilemmas of modernity and a collection of columns Tumult. On TVP 1, she co-hosted the cultural program “Good Books” with Tomasz Łubieński and Witold Bereś, and on TVP Kultura “Better Books” with Sławomir Sierakowski and Cezary Michalski. She teaches sociology at the Medical University of Warsaw.