Some people would doubt the power of a woman, but much more common are those who actually believe in her and perceive her as a symbol of love and creation. It can certainly be said that a woman’s strength is innate. It is inherent in her energy body. The woman is the figure that determines the dynamics of life in its infancy. She is sometimes called the “softer half”, but she should never be described as the “weaker half”. Why? Because there is nothing weak in a woman except her seemingly fragile physique. We say seemingly because her body has been proven to have a higher pain threshold and undergoes extraordinary metamorphoses to deliver the most amazing thing – new life.
With this article, we will give the necessary recognition to some of the most inspiring and influential women in Italian history by telling a little about them, their lives, and their achievements.
We hope that with it we will inspire courage and charge all the ladies with positive emotions.
We will start with one of the first ladies in the history of Italy who testified to the female intellect and sharp mind – Hortensia. She was the daughter of the Roman orator Quintus Hortensius. She is believed to be the first female lawyer in history, thanks to a speech she gave at the Roman Forum in 42 BC, which took place during the civil war against Brutus and Cassius. On it, there was a proposal to tax the property of 1,400 wealthy Roman women who could not defend themselves against this decision. In her speech, Hortensia expressed the view that women should not pay for a war they did not ask for and did not take part in. Thanks to her, it was decided to reduce the number of taxed ladies to 400.
Next is Artemisia Gentileschi. Artemisia was born in 1593 in Neapol. She was the daughter of the artist, Orazio Gentileschi. Artemisia was the first woman to become a member of the famous Academia Delle Arti del Disegno in Florence. Her paintings are known for the strong, bold, powerful female characters she portrays – mostly biblical or mythical heroines – and for their characteristic use of colors.
Leonilde or “Nilde” Iotti was a leading Italian politician in the Italian Communist Party. In 1946, Yoti was elected a member of the Constituent Assembly. Also, she was the first woman elected as President of the Chamber of Deputies in 1979, serving the longest post-war term.
Maria Montessori was born on August 31, 1870. She was an Italian physician and world-renowned educator. Montessori was the first doctor in Italy. After receiving her doctorate in medicine, Montessori began lecturing in
pedagogical anthropology at the University of Rome and at the Center for Pedagogy she founded in Perugia.
Another famous Italian is Marguerite Huck. She was born in Florence in 1922. Marguerite was the first woman in Italy to head an observatory. She is considered one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century.
Not to mention Franca Sozzani is the woman behind Vogue Italia, the Italian equivalent of Anna Wintour. She is considered one of the five most influential people in the fashion industry worldwide.
The list of names is long and includes ladies from Italian history who have worthy achievements in various fields – politics, art, literature, science, etc. Follow Imperium Est’s blog to read more about them in Women’s March.