An historic event happened yesterday in Rome. For the first time in the 2,700 years since the La città eterna (The Eternal City) was founded, a woman was elected mayor. Her name is Virginia Raggi and she is a 37-year old lawyer from the Five-Star Party.

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Virginia Raggi (Photo credit: Virginia Raggi Facebook page)

Equally interesting is the fact that another female Five-Star Party female candidate, 32-year old Chiara Appendino, was elected mayor of Torino.

Chiara Appendino

Chiara Appendino, the new mayor of Turin (Photo credit: Chiara Appendino Facebook page)

The anti-EU, Five-Star Movement, founded by comedian Beppe Grillo, is only five years old, so these are impressive victories that may indicate a sea change in the nation’s collective mindset towards more progressive politics.