“We get it: equality is good for everyone. But how do we actually make it happen? I’d start by pulling three important levers.Azzurra Rinaldi
First: representation. Second: sisterhood. Third, and in my opinion the most important: normalizing conversations about money. Let’s talk about it. Let’s talk about it here, let’s talk about it with our friends, let’s get intimate with money and power. It’s time to be impolite, ladies: let’s talk about money!”
“It’s not polite to talk about money,” we’re often told. Even today, when a woman talks about money, she risks being thought of as ambitious, materialistic, or conniving. Azzurra Rinaldi, professor of Political Science and Economics at Università degli Studi di Roma Unitelma Sapienza, wants to break this taboo. And she wants to do it through economic explanations, showing how gender discrimination isn’t helping anyone-–and certainly not anyone’s wallet.
Breaking down topics from unpaid care work to economic violence, she shows that emancipation will not just dismantle patriarchal systems, but also impact women’s pockets. She calls for sisterhood, better representation, and facing “uncomfortable” words for women even today: pleasure, power, and desire.
With engaging language full of pop culture references and a riveting perspective, Rinaldi helps even the most doubtful and unmotivated understand this problem and its consequences on society as a whole.
Because to get the change we deserve, we all need to be aware of the problem. In these pages, the author invites both men and women to look at each other and find shared goals. Only by agreeing that the current system is not to everyone’s benefit can we move on towards a better, more equitable model that guarantees the maximum wellbeing for everyone.
“Let’s talk about it here, let’s talk about it with our friends, let’s get intimate with money and power. It’s time to be impolite, ladies: let’s talk about money!”
AZZURRA RINALDI is a feminist economist, she teaches Political Economy at Unitelma Sapienza Universit in Rome, where she is also Director of the School of Gender Economics. In 2022, she founded Equonomics, to bring the issue of gender equity to companies and institutions. She serves on the boards of the European Women Association and Opera for Peace. She is an honorary member of the Board of the UK Confederation. She is a Member of the Scientific Committee of Save the Children and of the Manager Italia Tertiary Observatory.