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Maria Tadeo

Feminist or Not, Giorgia Meloni Has a Duty to Italy’s Women

If the right-wing leader becomes Italy’s next prime minister, it would be a historic moment for the country. Will she live up to it?

What glass ceiling?

What glass ceiling?

Photographer: TIZIANA FABI/AFP

Giorgia Meloni, the head of the hard-right Brothers of Italy, is flying high in polls ahead of Italy’s general election next month. In fact, she can already picture herself sitting at Palazzo Chigi, the beautiful 16th-century palace in the heart of Rome that’s home to the Italian premier.

Meloni recently told Fox Business that becoming prime minister would be the honor of a lifetime. It certainly would be. Meloni could be Italy’s first female head of government since the republic was reinstituted after the Second World War in 1946. In a country known for its high testosterone, this would be a historic achievement.