Each year in the month of October, a volunteer committee of Italian Americans plans a month-long celebration of culture and heritage. The theme for 2018 is "A Salute to Italian Women in America - Breaking Barriers...from Ellis Island to the Present."
In this piece the Founder and Chair Emerita of the National Organization of Italian American Women muses on the role of women in making Italian immigrants part and parcel of the American social fabric.
A heartfelt comment by the Founder and Chair Emerita of the National Organization of Italian American Women.
"For me the most disturbing characteristic of this campaign was Trump’s attitude toward women. He seems to see them as objects, not as individuals in their own right...less intelligent, inferior creatures subject to the convenience and entertainment of men like him. He ran against one of the smartest most knowledgeable women in this country, a woman arguably better trained and prepared for the job than any man ever to place his hand on that iconic bible. It’s sad to see that sexism is still very much alive."
Hillary Clinton with Geraldine Ferraro, first woman on a White House ticket. Photo by Suzanne Plunkett
Alileen Riotto Sirey, Founder and Chair Emerita, National Organization of Italian American Women: “We can take joy that a woman has attained the nomination to the highest office in the land. But even putting gender issues aside, the Hillary I know is head and shoulders smarter, more experienced and better prepared to lead this country than Trump. We will certainly take even greater joy if she is elected.”