Giorgia Melonsi, the Italian Prime Minister, stated on Friday (28 Oct) that she doesn’t want to be called “mister”, in a retract on a government circular saying this would be her official title.
Meloni’s office issued a statement stating that even though she was given the best title by protocol experts, Meloni didn’t want to use it.
After winning the 25 September elections, right-wing Meloni was elected to office last weekend. Feminists were already offended by her decision to use the masculine form of her title, president of council ministers.
In Italian, names can be masculine or feminine. Meloni’s title was prefaced by the masculine article “il”, rather than the feminine “la” in her initial statement on Sunday (23 Oct).
Meloni had already been thinking about the government circular and it went one step further. It stated that Meloni’s official title must include either “Signor” (or Mister).
The circular, which was sent by her office to all ministers, stated that “The title to be used is… Mr. President of Council of Ministers.”
Meloni’s rise to power broke the glass ceiling for Italy’s women politicians, but she isn’t considered a feminist.
She opposes female quotas in the parliament and boardrooms. She believes women should be able to rise by merit and has appointed six women into her 24-strong cabinet.
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