“The judge – A woman in the judiciary”: the new book by Paola Di Nicola Travaglini

“The judge – A woman in the judiciary”: the new book by Paola Di Nicola Travaglini
“The judge – A woman in the judiciary”: the new book by Paola Di Nicola Travaglini

It will be available in bookstores starting March 31st The judge – A woman in the judiciarythe novel by Paola DiNicola Travaglini published by the publishing house HarperCollins.

Lawyer, judge, magistrate. Three noble, coveted professions. Three commonly used words. Three masculine nouns for which the feminine consideration is not even contemplated by the majority of people, as if they weren’t professions that a woman can dedicate herself to, positions that a woman can hope to occupy.

Paola Di Nicola Travaglini, highly experienced judgehas suffered for a lifetime i biases of a system inherently masculine. The looks of contempt, sufficiency or distrust of the entire judicial context, the prejudices inherent in the common language and mentality, the difficult combination of professional and personal life when one becomes a mother: being a judge, a judge, has been a real challenge.

This book tells the progressive, painful awareness of a woman who was born and raised in a patriarchal system. Hers His
personal experience joins documents and statistics that testify how women were, until a few years ago, considered unsuitable because they were too much, and this is just a selection of the adjectives used from time to time, “fatuous, frivolous, superficial, impulsive”. And these clichés maintain roots which, although less solid, have yet to be fully eradicated.

For this to happen, it is necessary to expose oneself, to face what are, still today, unjust discriminations. The judgein this sense, is a powerful tool of struggle, a testimony of the daily experience of a courageous and strong woman: a story of passion, obstinacy and success.

The author

Paola Di Nicola Travaglini, criminal judge, has been nominated Wo/Men Inspiring Europe 2014 fromEige (European Institute for
gender equality). In 2012 she published The judge (Ghena Publisher), of which this book is an expanded, revised, and updated edition. In 2018 she published with HarperCollins My word against hisanalysis and denunciation of gender prejudices widespread in courtrooms, in the language of speeches and sentences.

His is the revolutionary sentence in the trial of the prostitution of two minors in the center of Rome, in which he replaced the cash compensation with books on women’s thinking and which inspired the theatrical show, written by Cinzia Spanò, Everything
that I wanted. Story of a sentence.


A reckless book, the narration of an intellectual and collective journey, which gives us many food for thought. An opportunity not to be missed, which concerns all of us and the world we want to live in.

Melania G. Mazzucco

I tell this story, mine and that of others, not because I consider it particularly significant, but because it has taught me that being there, as women, in decision-making places is not enough at all. You have to be there with the courage and awareness of your own different point of view.

Paola DiNicola Travaglini

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