|The Mimosa is the Official Flower for La Festa Delle Donne|
Obviously, since I thought the day was non-political (like Mother's Day), I'm not as yet a good overall judge of how seriously it's taken here. I know my Italian teacher was serious about it, but how about the men who buy their wives flowers that day? I somehow doubt it. I think women in Europe are (like Americans) basically liberated but also have a lot of work to do if they so choose. The men won't choose to take care of it, so women here will have to push to make more progress on economic equality and domestic equality. I can see it's not there yet. Every time an Italian man addresses his conversation to Guido rather than me, or I see women here who are literally always at home, I realize there is work to do. While I certainly know I'm not going to be able to effect change in Italy, I can observe the progress and perhaps we can have a small effect.
I see hopeful things like angry Italian women on talk shows, a SKY TV series called Che Donne that reran some old American TV series about powerful women like "Wonder Woman" (okay so they included "Charlie's Angels", but at least that was a woman-only team). Progress can be painfully slow.