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Wins for Women: Women Elected Mayors of Rome and Turin

Women are scoring big accomplishments in Italy! In international women’s news, Rome has elected the first female mayor in its 3,000-year history with a whopping 67% of the vote. 
Virginia Raggi, a 37-year-old lawyer, has promised a “new era” in the Italian capital and vowed to tackle corruption. At a time “in which equal opportunities are still a pipe dream,” Raggi stated, this is“the first sign of the profound change that we are bringing to this country.” As well as women’s rights, Raggi intends to concentrate on quality-of-life issues like recycling, traffic and repairing the city’s problem-plagued bike share program.
Italy chalked up another victory for women with the upset election of Chiara Appendino to the mayoralty of Turin, an industrial powerhouse best known for Italian carmaker Fiat. Appendino, 31, promises an inclusive style of government: “Everyone from Turin must feel that city hall is like their home; the door will always be open.”
How Does the US Compare?
While the US has never had a woman preside over global capitals like New York or Los Angeles, we’ve boasted some high-profile mayors of our own. Two well-known women mayors include the current mayor of Washington, DC, Muriel Bowser, and Houston’s Annise Parker, who stepped down earlier in 2016. According to Rutgers University’s Center for Women and Politics, 18.8% of America’s cities with populations of over 30,000 were women. Big careers in politics often start at the local level  California Senator Dianne Feinstein got her start as San Francisco’s mayor – so mayoral elections can be a major step on the way to power.

What do you think? Is it time for America to elect more women mayors?
Let NAPW know your opinion.

Megan Bozzuto

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