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Her Job Has a Ceiling, and Much More

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VATICAN CITY — Vatican City has been governed by men since it was established as an independent state in 1929. A year ago, however, a woman joined the upper ranks: Barbara Jatta, the first female director of the Vatican Museums.

In the 12 months since her appointment, Jatta has put her stamp on the role, resisting some of her predecessor’s initiatives and forging her own path.

Jatta was the only woman on an initial list of six candidates, and she was chosen by Pope Francis. In the post since January 2017, she oversees some 200,000 objects and an array of museums, papal apartments, sculpture courtyards and other sites, including the Sistine Chapel.

The chapel is one of

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