Italy lags behind the rest of Europe when it comes to gender equality in the workplace and in the labour market. A bill for women's boardroom quotas was recently greenlighted in March by the Italian Senate's Finance Committee, earning the praise of women across Italy.
The bill, which has bipartisan support, would force Italian companies, both publicly and privately owned, to have women executives form at least 20 percent of their boards as of next year and 30 percent by 2015. The measure now goes to vote in the Italian Senate and Chamber of Deputies.
‘It's a beautiful day. This achievement is the reward for a long battle,' said Lella Golfo, a politician with the centre-right People of Freedom party, adding, ‘Not only women, but the whole country has achieved a historic goal that finally brings us in line with the modern European democracies. We can be proud.'