# 136: a horizon that never comes
136 is the number of years that analysts predict it will take to bridge the famous gender gap and achieve equality between men and women. And still in 2022 the 5th Goal of the 2030 Agenda of UE has not been achieved in the least. But why should women be discriminated against with lower salaries, hindered in their careers due to poor concessions for multiple extra-work commitments, considered a step down in society and work? Why is a man always preferred in organizations for top positions?
It may be that many still have not even adapted with the pink quotas, in the gray spaces left uncovered by the legislator. But the phenomenon would seem to have much more deeply rooted origins than those linked to the patriarchal culture that has dominated Italy for centuries. In fact, this thesis no longer holds up in the 21st century, in which in Africa for example, women are still subject to mutilation practices, social harassment and violence, even though Africa is a purely matriarchal society.
So what can make the difference? The harmony of diversity and respect for civilization and its continuous evolution pay off. And Northern Europe – in which the number of women in charge, if we look at politics, is high and they know exactly what to do – is the proof. Italy – and this is the good news – has gone up 13 points in the ranking of peer countries. But it remains in 146th place when it comes to work.
In Italian companies, women in command are only 3% against 4% in 2019, and if it were not for the timid presence on the Boards of Directors, the gap would probably be even more exaggerated. Women managers, who sacrifice their private life to achieve career goals that are slow in coming, know this well. Is 2158 the absurd limit that will allow women to enjoy the same benefits and rights as men? Perhaps the time has come for transitions, and the transition to a fairer and more equal society will come much sooner. Perhaps.