Italy, a realtime case study in female leadership

by Paola Profeta, Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability and Director of Axa Research Lab on Gender Equality, Bocconi University

Italy elected its first female prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, leader of the far-right Fratelli d'Italia party, in October last year. Now, the leftwing opposition Democratic party has elected its own female leader for the first time, too, in the form of Elly Schlein.

As a result, a country which is highly conservative in terms of gender equality, now has two women party leaders – one leading the government and the other leading the main opposition party. The glass ceiling has been broken: women have reached the top positions in politics.


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