“We are firing the women so they can stay at home and look after the children”

No, this isn’t a historical item about the Great Depression. It’s Italy, today, and that’s what an engineering firm allegedly reported to the small business association.

An engineering firm in northern Italy has sparked controversy after making almost half its workforce redundant – and selecting only women.

A union official quoted the company as having reported to the small businesses association: “We are firing the women so they can stay at home and look after the children. In any case, what they bring in is a second income.”

No one at the company, Ma-Vib, which is based in Inzago near Milan, could be reached for comment.

With Italy’s prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, on trial for paying an underage prostitute, there is a continuing and lively debate over the status of Italian women, which some international surveys suggest is abnormally low in comparison with the rest of Europe.

For more, go here.

Thanks, Mr Jender!

2 thoughts on ““We are firing the women so they can stay at home and look after the children”

  1. Well, shee-yit why not just do a Marc Lepine and spray them with a high-powered rifle while we’re at it? *shake head* Is insanity catching, by any chance?

    I have to ask, though…what about the single mothers who rely on their income to support their kids? Or those who live in the real world and contribute HALF the family income? Or a majority of same?

  2. These are indeed depressing and shameful news. There is a feeble sign hope, though, for Italian women: the Parliament passed a few days ago a law that reserves to women a fifth of the total seats in the Parliament (a third by 2015!) and in the boards of directors of all major companies.
    I am not capable of translating the more technical terms, which is why I looked for the news in English but couldn’t find it (at least, not at a first quick pass on google, nor on CNN or BBC).
    I have to admit that the fact that this law was passed almost unanimously (including Berlusconi supporters) does make me wonder whether I should re-think my support to affirmative action… ;)

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