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The Missing Piece in Italian Politics: Women

“It’s still rare to find women who have authoritative roles in the media and political system. On the contrary, things have gone backwards.”
Source: Dario Pignatelli / Reuters

ROME—For the past few weeks I’ve been in Italy, covering the elections last Sunday which produced the biggest political change here in decades. It was my first reporting trip back here in a while. I lived in Rome for many years but moved away in 2013. Maybe I’ve changed since then, maybe it’s the #MeToo moment, but coming back to Italy this time, what struck me most wasn’t the political chaos, the populism, the dysfunction, or even the beauty, since a person can get used to all that. It was the fact that there were barely any women playing leading roles in the election coverage.

As the returns came in, the main talk shows had all-male

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