International Women’s Day this year came on a Sunday, the day before Italy declared a national lockdown. “Let’s celebrate our rights and look optimistically towards the future!” we declared. And…
Katherine Wilson is an actress and writer living in Italy. She goes on Italian TV regularly to “explain” US politics and culture from an American prospective, a job that requires multiple espressos, proseccos, and talented makeup artists. Her memoir, Only in Naples, tells about her experiences as an American feminist in the kitchen of her Neapolitan mother-in-law.
A Letter to my Italian Daughter on Women’s Day
You’re about to turn 12. Naturally, you roll your eyes when I launch into speech — “Mom’s getting hyped!” you warn your brother. You’ve gotten very good at dodging my monologues, so…
This is the third time I am beginning this essay. It’s a shame, because the other two times I sat down to write it, I slid effortlessly into the zone,…
Sophia Loren, Mona Lisa and My Daughter Are Just a Few of the Many, Many Beautiful Italian Princesses
I’ve heard it said often in Italy that women are superior to men in every way, and that the corruption and inefficiency that exists in this country is a direct…