Italian politics still remains a universe to be combined with the masculine. The merciless confirmation comes from the results of the administrative round in which women are still at stake. Just 15 candidates for mayor in the 26 capital cities against about sixty male candidates: the ratio is one in four. The day after the counting, the result that emerges is clear: only in two capitals, in Piacenza and Viterbo, will the ballot be contested in two weeks for the seat of mayor between two women.

In contrast to the Piacenza national framework where politics seems all female: not only, in fact, the ballot scheduled for Sunday 26 June will be between the outgoing mayor Patrizia Barbieri (center-right) and the regional councilor Katia Tarasconi (center-left), but also in the competition of preferences among the candidates for the city council, women triumph. In the center-left, in fact, the most voted (with 459 personal votes) is the deputy and former minister of the Democratic Party Paola De Micheli. In the center-right instead at the top there is Sara Soresi (392) candidate in the list of the Brothers of Italy. Even in the capital of Tuscia the match will be between women: Chiara Frontini, supported by a series of civic lists, will meet with Alessandra Troncarelli, candidate of the center-left.

Two realities that differ significantly from the rest of the country where the race for mayor seems a purely male issue, confirming a now consolidated trend: gender equality, despite the progress made in the last twenty years, does not enter the polls. According to the data provided by the Anci, there are 1,140 mayors in Italy, a figure that represents about 15% of the total administrators of the Municipalities, an audience that reaches almost 9.5 million people. The women who cover the role of deputy mayor amounted to 28%, the presidents of the city council 32%, the city councilors 34% and the city councilors 43%. A higher percentage is also linked to the fact that there is a rule that provides for at least 40% of women within the municipal councils. From the geographical analysis of the administrations led by women, it emerges that they are mainly municipalities in the North (especially in Emilia Romagna), less in the South and are often small, under 2,000 inhabitants. In general, the administrations that from 1988 to 2018 were led at least once by a woman mayor are 2,720.

“It cannot be said that the voters did not vote for women – explains sociologist Chiara Saraceno, commenting on Sunday’s vote – simply women were not candidates. There was not much choice. In Italy, parties do not think that women are candidates to invest in. This creates a discouraging effect because a woman should say ‘vote for me’ if she knows that the party will not support her “. And the geography of the new mayors of the 13 cities who chose the first citizen in the first round (Palermo, Genoa, Aquila, Belluno, La Spezia, Pistoia, Asti, Rieti, Oristano, Padua, Lodi, Taranto and Messina) gives an en plein all male. Center-right, center-left or civic but all strictly men.

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