When Italian president Giorgio Napolitano appointed 10 expert consultants to lead Italy out of its political gridlock late last month, it would appear he could not find one qualified woman to add to the list. The list comprises 10 men, including former European leaders to notable economists, who are certainly qualified to address the crucial reforms the country needs to move forward. But surely there must have been at least one woman in the whole country to add balance and perspective to the mix.Apparently not, but Napolitano insists that it isn’t a reflection of a lack of qualified women in the country. “It’s not true there aren’t any women among the wise,” said Napolitano being called to task on the topic. “That touches on the ridiculous."
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