Rome's Mayor is under fire from women in the city offices as well as from women's groups who are growing more and more outspoken against the Business as usual way of Italian male-oriented politics. When coming into office, he had two women on his twelve member team, despite laws to the contrary decrying "equal representation" of both sexes in city governments. But this was before women took to the streets - fed up with the Ol' Boys' Clubs.
In January, he dissolved his team, shuffled it around -- and dropped a woman. As I've mentioned in the past, despite evidence to the contrary, Italians seem to believe that a country on its last leg economically speaking should just go on the way it always has. For most politicians, women should be seen (as eye candy) and certainly not have their voices heard through equal representation. But in January, women took the case to the courts. And this week, they won. The tribunal in fact came down on this gross lack of representation, and asked Alemanno to dissolve his Administration once again.
The Mayor's response? Add a woman and make her Vice Mayor. Following this logic, if the Vice Mayor position equals five men, where were we prior to this upset? As for me, I'm starting to think that Mayor Alemanno simply skipped early elementary Health Ed.
So, here's a video to set it all straight.
Perhaps we should install those airport body scanners in City Hall, and maybe, just maybe, the Mayor might get his numbers right.