Jiřina Šiklová

    is a Czech sociologist and writer, author of many research articles and books. She lives in Prague. Following the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 she was banned from publishing and university teaching, and had to make a living as a cleaner and social worker at a Prague hospital. Her interest in gerontology, the main focus of her present-day work, dates back to her time at the hospital. In 1981 she was convicted of subversive activities and sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for her involvement with the dissident movement. After the fall of communism she returned to the Charles University in Prague, helping to set up the Department of Social Work and founding the Centre for Gender Studies. Her books include Deník staré paní (The Diary of an Old Lady, 2003), Dopisy vnučce (Letters to the Granddaughter 2007) and Matky po e-mailu (Mothers By E-Mail 2009).