Four truths about why women never came to power (so far)

Tomorrow is March 8 and many, while aware, forget the growing global power of women, that generated by their intelligence, their multitasking system and above all their uniqueness. An absolute domination in theory, but not real in practice because it is heralded everywhere but set aside in the processes of power. So let’s take stock, with the system of true or false, to understand in a simple way why women are almost never able to reach power, the real one.

Are women the pillars of the demographics of the most advanced states of the near future? – TRUE

The data is clear. They tell us that by living longer and having more wealth, people tend to have fewer children. In Europe we are witnessing a demographic implosion. In some countries, such as Italy, the birth rate has dropped to 1.27 children per family, well below the replacement level of 2.1.

Here is the first lesson of demographics in power, and here is the growing power of women: wealth planning has always been the most effective contraceptive in the world. In the past, peasants and artisans, lacking pension plans as they were, tried to have as many children as possible who, in addition to representing the workforce, would take care of them in old age. It was the era of the Welfare Family.

The calculation was simple. Each new child provided two extra arms and assured additional support for the hard years of old age, especially from women. However, when farmers and artisans turned into small employees and then into the middle class, with a more comfortable lifestyle and a secure retirement, the equation was reversed: we entered but, unfortunately, we are leaving the era of the Welfare State. .

Also due to the crisis we have experienced in the last 10 years, fewer children mean more well-being. Pure demographic calculation, fully reconfirmed in the pandemic period where we have witnessed the further decline of an already downward curve. Afraid of the future? Less financial resources? More problems at work? The active role always belongs to women.

Fighting the demographic winter by putting all maternity at the expense of general taxation – TRUE

But the demographic calculation is also a child of the existing contextual condition. If Italian women do not have children, it is also because the labor market in this country conditions them in terms of access to the labor system.

Not everyone knows, in fact, that when a working woman goes on maternity leave about 33% of the costs are borne by the company she depends on. Not to mention the self-employed professionals or self-employed workers. Hence, clearly and without pretense, the possible (and deplorable) concrete opportunistic behaviors of the entrepreneurial system when it is necessary to employ a woman of childbearing age.

To remedy the problem in a tactical way, there would be a need for a strategic decontribution for women’s work with strong work-life balance measures such as, for example, totally free nurseries. But, in the end, to eliminate any opportunistic reasoning and encourage female work and births, the first thing to do, the manifesto of any future horizon, would be to put motherhood totally at the expense of general taxation. The CONFASSOCIAZIONI Study Center estimates that between a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 10 billion euros per year would be enough.

An important figure but not different, in the total amount, from that of the 80/100 euros just granted to employees, if not for an incredible multiplier. Because, if female employment in Italy were 60%, as important Bank of Italy studies say, we would have an extra point of GDP (18 billion euros) per year. An important investment that would have consequences in terms of employment, demographics and social security, useful in the short term to the wealth of the country and, in the long term, to save future generations of pensioners from poverty. A horizon for statesmen.

Does the glass roof still exist? – TRUE

On the other hand, it is really difficult to predict the horizons to come. Remember “2001 A Space Odyssey”? Stanley Kubrick’s film, extraordinary in terms of predicting abilities on the near future in which the women, however, were all secretaries, switchboard operators, employees. Why? Because at the beginning of 1968, the year the film was released, hardly anyone could foresee the gender revolution that would change everything. Including the future.

A social and technological revolution that changed the world. Not only have oral contraceptives made it possible for women to plan motherhood, but other first-level technologies (hygiene, medicine, electricity) have progressively reduced a woman’s domestic workload and shifted the foundations of the economy. from the muscles to the brain, collectively emancipating that female universe, which is now beginning to assert itself as the main guide for development.

But that’s not enough. The most significant progress is not what occurred at the highest levels. The real radical transformation has been brought about by the tens of millions of women who, globally, have found work over the past few decades. Since 1970, two out of every three jobs created in the world have been filled by women. Women have always worked hard but, right now, for the first time in history, an unprecedented amount is being paid for it.

We are therefore in the presence of an extraordinary mutation, but not yet definitive because the positive statistics highlight a reality that is however inadmissible. As if to say that equality between men and women still seems far away. The numbers say so: female employment in our country is at 48% (a figure that is still low compared to 65% of males and 80% of women employed in Sweden), 24% of new mothers (also for reasons that we have mentioned, she is fired after her first child, and among the CEOs of large companies only 3% is represented by exponents of the female world.

Not to mention the further crisis generated by the pandemic, women earn on average 15% less than their colleagues. It is a little better in the CDA (36%,) but only because there is a law that imposes the so-called pink quotas.

Do women still not participate in the networks of power? – TRUE

The situation is then very clear. Women systematically outperform all others in academic performance, scientific publications and, initially, even in academic and public administration careers. Then, however, they succumb in the race for the places that matter in the world of work.

Part of the evolutionary crisis can be easily highlighted. All the research on women’s careers tells a single truth: women do much better than men in all phases except one: that between 30 and 40 years, or what we could define the so-called motherhood conditioned by real genetic factors, amplified by constant social pressures. After this period, women start to grow steadily apart from the fact that, having lost 10 years of exposure to the market, they find themselves in lateral roles that hardly lead to top positions both from the point of view of power and salaries.

But all this is not enough to explain the concrete horizon. Is it time to get to the point and ask ourselves a question? Why do women, apart from very rare exceptions, never reach top positions in the banking, financial world or, on average, in the traditional political or business world? The answer is as simple as the question. To reach certain positions of great importance, managerial skill / tenacity alone is not enough. There is a need for something more like supporting important parallel power networks that women do not yet access, or have only recently joined.

And we are not talking about the very powerful networks of organized crime (which, fortunately in this case, are almost always closed to them), but about other networks that govern, by religious, secular or brotherhood, many of the positions of power of our Country. For this reason, women find it more difficult to reach top positions in worlds that see a scarce or recent presence of the female system. An example for all; even international network systems dedicated to aid and charity such as Rotary have only been open to women since 1989. Think about others …

Too bad no one remembers it. This is why, even without having additional support networks, women are achieving extraordinary results that must be valued and made known. And that’s why yesterday, today and tomorrow are the days to tell the world: even beyond the quotas, pink, let’s go women!


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