Europe: You Can’t Inherit Land if You’re a Woman (Not In Muslim Land)!

In the wealthy, picturesque Italian town of Cortina, north of Venice, a centuries old system of collective property keeps the local natural resources protected and the tourism industry from running amok — but it also keeps women from inheriting and controlling land. Run by leaders of the 1,200 “historic families” in the area, Regole Ampezzane translates roughly to “the commons of Cortina d’Ampezzo,” a medieval system that dates back to the 11th century. Within the Regole…..MORE: