The elections came and went like a hurricane, raging through every corner of the country, but if we look at the number of women elected to office, it’s like nothing has happened at all. The presence of women in Parliament has changed only minimally. As we wrote in il manifesto on Wednesday, the system of being able to run in multiple districts has most benefited male Deputies and Senators.
In the wake of these elections, we now have three party leaders in their forties (Renzi, Di Maio, Salvini), but all male, in a country that has shown itself capable of overturning every kind of balance when it comes to politics, but not when it comes to gender. This male dominance is, on the other hand, perfectly logical and consistent, given the level of general backwardness that distinguishes our country.
It is true that the vote was an expression of anger and fear, but this misses the point that fear and anger are feelings that are being experienced every day, in and out of the home, in private and public settings. The country is indeed divided into two, but not just because the post-election maps have painted it blue and yellow, in the colors of the Lega and the 5 Star Movement. Another map of our divisions is hiding underneath.