Viva Italiana!

I just read an interesting op-ed in the New York Times about the situation for women in Italy.

“…just under half of Italy’s women have jobs, compared with an average of nearly two out of three. At the same time, Italian men have 80 more minutes of leisure time per day — the greatest difference in the 18 countries compared. This is probably explained by the additional time that women devote to unpaid work, like cleaning the house. It is no surprise, then, that many Italian women are unwilling to take on an additional burden of raising children. As a result, the country has an extraordinarily low birthrate.”

I am especially struck by the fact the although women are largely under or un-employed, they still do 80 more minutes of work per day than men. Sheesh! Don’t even get me started on Berlusconi!

I must admit that I am guilty of thinking the kinds of systemic discrimination described in this article had more or less dissapeared in the West. Boy was I wrong. It sounds like things are pretty rough for our Italian sisters, but they are starting a movement to change things. Viva Italia!

1 Response to “Viva Italiana!”

  1. 1 tigress d
    August 27, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    First off, the picture of the woman drowning in a plate of spaghetti is amazing.

    And then second: I know! This kind of finding is surprising. But there were sections of Necessary Dreams that surprised me in the same way, suggesting that even when American women work *full-time*, they often carry the burden of housework and childcare. Too much work. Way too much.

    And then third: is there any way we can turn off the automatically generated “Possibly Related Posts” function? One of the suggestions for this post is “Guys Spend 45 Minutes a Day Ogling Women,” which sounds like some kind of study funded by Playboy.

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