EUI LAW alumna elected first female President of the Italian Constitutional Court

EUI LAW alumna Marta Cartabia has made history by being the first woman elected President of the Italian Constitutional Court. Dr. Cartabia was elected on the 11th of December 2019 with 14 out of 15 votes in her favour, as she herself abstained from voting. She will hold the office until the end of her […]

“The Forgotten Origins of Paid Family Leave”

“In 1919, activists from around the world pressed governments to adopt policies to help working mothers. Working mothers have never had it easy — but a century ago this weekend, they won a landmark victory. On Nov. 29, 1919, the nascent International Labor Organization adopted the Maternity Protection Convention of 1919, calling for 12 weeks […]

A new identity for identity: Rethinking sex and gender with Anne Fausto Sterling

By Adriana Urbano Professor Anne Fausto Sterling, Emeritus Professor of Biology at Brown University, delivered the 2019 Ursula Hirschmann Lecture on Gender at the EUI. In her talk, she laid out what she thinks developmental psychology is getting wrong and how we need to rethink gender and sex. A mistaken approach to gender Professor Anne […]

Why Europe’s Far Right Is Targeting Gender Studies

“As far-right politicians become entrenched in Europe, both at the European Parliament and within national parliaments across the Continent, they are taking aim at experts and intellectuals they present as members of an out-of-touch, corrosive elite. Several academic disciplines are subject to scrutiny and attack, but gender studies has become a particularly vilified target. For […]

The deadly truth about a world built for men – from stab vests to car crashes

“For most of human history, though, that perspective has not been recorded. Going back to the theory of Man the Hunter, the lives of men have been taken to represent those of humans overall. When it comes to the other half of humanity, there is often nothing but silence. And these silences are everywhere. Films, […]