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Being a woman today in Italy: my activities
I do not find it easy to be a woman in today’s world.
Many sectors change fast, while radical innovations are being
introduced: Internet, mobile phones, wireless connections, robots which
increasingly resemble humans, space research… a host of
technological innovations. In the social sphere we struggle however.
Election bodies (Parliament, Municipal, Provincial and Regional
Councils) are almost entirely monopolized by men. In the Italian
Parliament 80% of members are men (2008). In 2007 in Italy 75% of
executives are men (there are 75 men out of 100 executives, only 25
executives are women). We can work, live on our own, we are more
independent, but at the same time we cannot live our femininity. At
work and in public places we are more successful if we behave like men:
aggressively and competitively (research report on women' work practices-in Italian). We are not only mothers any more, we
are also employed workers or free-lance professional. But this double
role is neither fully accepted nor viewed favourably. It is tolerated
In 2006 I wrote and published a textbook for Statistics in Social Sciences in which I have adopted for the first time a linguistic innovation to give visibility to women, the "femminile non marcato" (feminine not pronounced). In Italian language it is used the "maschile non marcato"(masculine not pronounced) , that is, masculin is used to include both men and women. I proposed to use the "femminile non marcato" instead of the "maschile non marcato": in my textbook the feminine is used to include both men and women (review of the book by two linguists - in Italian).