Honoring Czech Women on International Women’s Day

#LifeInCzechia As we celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, it’s important to remember the remarkable women who have paved the way for gender equality and made significant contributions to society, politics, and culture. Czech history is rich with examples of women whose courage, determination, and pioneering spirit have left a lasting impact on both their country and the world. As International Women’s Day is coming, we honor a few of these inspiring Czech women and their impactful legacies.


Františka Plamínková (1875-1942)

Františka Plamínková stands as a towering figure in the history of Czech women’s rights movement. A fervent suffragist and feminist, Plamínková dedicated her life to the pursuit of equality. Her efforts were crucial in the battle for women’s voting rights in Czechoslovakia, making her a key supporter of the Czech Women’s Union. Plamínková’s political career reached the peak when she served as a senator, showcasing her commitment to social justice and equality. However, her firm stand against oppression led to her execution by the Nazis, marking her as a hero for freedom and women’s rights.

Františka Plamínková

Milada Horáková (1901-1950)

Milada Horáková’s legacy as a lawyer, politician, and advocate for women’s rights is nothing short of inspirational. Her involvement in the resistance during World War II demonstrated her deep commitment to her country and its democratic principles. Despite the liberation from Nazi occupation, Horáková faced new challenges under the Communist regime. Her dedication to social and political reform ultimately led to her arrest and execution in a show trial. Horáková’s courage and resilience continue to inspire those who fight for justice and equality.

Milada Horáková

Božena Viková-Kunětická (1862-1934)

Božena Viková-Kunětická broke barriers as a writer, politician, and advocate for women’s rights and education. Her historic candidacy in the parliamentary elections marked a significant milestone for women in the Czech lands. Viková-Kunětická’s contributions to the women’s rights movement and her efforts to improve education for Czech women have left a lasting legacy on the path toward gender equality.

Božena Viková-Kunětická

Anna Honzáková (1875-1940)

As the first Czech female doctor, Anna Honzáková pioneered improvements in healthcare for women and children. Her dedication to women’s rights extended beyond the medical field, advocating for better education and healthcare access for women. Honzáková’s groundbreaking work not only paved the way for future generations of female doctors but also highlighted the importance of women’s health in society.

Anna Honzáková

Věra Čáslavská (1942-2016)

While Věra Čáslavská is celebrated worldwide for her Olympic triumphs, her impact extends far beyond the gymnastics arena. Čáslavská’s outspoken opposition to the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia and her support for the Prague Spring exemplify her commitment to freedom and human rights. Her bravery in the face of political repression serves as a testament to her strength and dedication to her country’s sovereignty.

Věra Čáslavská


These women, among many others, have played pivotal roles in shaping the course of Czech history and the broader fight for gender equality. Their stories of courage, resilience, and determination continue to inspire us as we celebrate International Women’s Day. And as Margaret Thatcher said: “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.


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Siyana Koleva

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2 thoughts on “Honoring Czech Women on International Women’s Day

  1. Hi
    It was very knowledgeable to read all the above information I wonder if you speak czech and if yes where you learned it?

    As well it could be useful to tell the reader what to wish on that day for a czech woman in czech language

    1. Hello, thank you for your question! I do not speak czech and I haven’t looked for courses but if you need any specific problem, we can help you +420 533 533 787.
      And thank you for the recommendation, I will keep that in mind. To wish czech women happy women’s day you can say “Krásný Den žen” (Krasni Den zen-you say it the way you see it)

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