· The essay ·
In contemporary times the non-involvement of women in politics was so obvious that the majority of the electoral laws did not feel the need expressly to exclude them from the electorate, just as was the case for dogs, plants or stones. The lapse, however, did not go unnoticed: in many Western countries, in fact, some women asked to be enrolled on the electoral register. The first were the English: it was 1868. In 1906, Italian women also tried to take advantage of the legal vacuum and, surprisingly, in some cases, their questions were answered. But the judiciary, called to rule on such admission, always opposed it. With only one exception: July 25, 1906, the Appeal’s Court of Ancona will evaluate their enrolment in accordance with the Albertine Statute. The judgment will then be clearly quashed and the ladies removed from the lists, but the political significance of the episode remained. It is to these missing electorate that the historian Marco Severini has dedicated the volume Ten women. A history of the first female Italian electorate (Liberilibri 2012), which provides precise descriptions of them. Mean age 28 years, extraction modest, profession teachers (three of them also attended university courses). Eight of them will marry: Igina Matteucci, however, will wait until she is 85 years old. (@ GiuliGaleotti)
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