On a small Croatian island, 2005 is the Year of the Woman

Men lose all seven seats on local council.

By Lynn Harris

Published December 22, 2005 12:44AM (EST)

It's even better than "Lysistrata"! Here's the news from Ananova (via Shakespeare's Sister and Feministing): "Women in a Croatian village have seized power from their lazy menfolk in local elections ... They won all seven seats on the local council after deciding they were sick of seeing the village men doing nothing for the community."

Merica Bogdan, one of the seven, said: "The time has come for women to rule. We were not satisfied with the work the men did for the community and we launched a campaign to take political power and do something good for Lozisca. Men will never have power here again. We have agreed to let our men be in our beds, but never in politics again."

With only a tiny budget, the women have already put up and decorated a Christmas tree in the town square, begun repairs on the church steeple and set up a municipal cleaning service. (It's safe to say the women aren't the ones doing the cleaning.)

The citizens of Lozisca are up in arms about these women having so much power. Oh wait! The opposite. As Tonko Valerijev, whose wife, Helena, is the newly elected head of the local council, told Ananova: "They are a lot more persistent in their work than their predecessors. Frankly, they're doing a great job."

Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of BreakupGirl.net. She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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