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Italy

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Senate

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theChamber of Deputies

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati (Female)
Year of birth
1946

Secretary general

Secretary general
Elisabetta Serafin (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 9 Feb. 2011.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
210
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
110
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
34.38% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
Not available
See historical data for this field. Compare data of this field.
Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Francesco LAFORGIA (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
94
Oldest member
Giorgio NAPOLITANO (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Elections > Election results

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
1,957

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
207
Number of women elected
113
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
35.87%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
As at 23 March 2018, out of 320 senators 113 were women. 
 - 111 women directly elected (out of 314 senators); 
 - 2 women appointed by the President of the Republic (out of 5 senators). 
 In addition, former President Giorgio Napolitano sits in the Senate as ex-officio (life senator).
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
113

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
207
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
113
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati (Female)
Political party
Coalition Lega - Forza Italia - FdI - NcI-UdC
Date of election
24.03.2018
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Women’s right to vote
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1945
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Women’s right to stand for election
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1945
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1946