There are many Italian women whose contribution towards shaping history will forever be remembered. In contemporary Italian society, some continue in the footsteps of their predecessors by doing great things and inspiring Italian girls to be better. From past to future, we will put the spotlight on 4 of them, that you may not know so well. Starting with Maria Montessori, a doctor, educator, and entrepreneur, who lived from 1870 to 1952. She was one of the first women to graduate in Medicine in Italy and created the philosophy behind the renowned Montessori school system. Equally exemplary is the life of Rita Levi Montalcini, who died ten years ago at 103, one of Italy’s top neurologists, even though her family had been forced to flee Italy when Germany invaded. In 1986 she won the Nobel Prize. Among contemporary Italian heroines, Samantha Cristoforetti, born in Milan in 1977, is the first Italian woman astronaut. In 2014 she spent 200 days in space and she is currently in training for a new mission, which is scheduled for 2022. Even younger, Chiara Ferragni, 35, is a famous blogger, fashion influencer, model and businesswoman. Her successful story has been the first case study that Harvard has done on a blogger.


Chiara Pasqualetti Johnson is an Italian journalist who writes about travel, art, and lifestyle for several magazines (Dove, Bell’Italia, Arte, Antiquariato, Vogue). She is an art history graduate. She has edited books and modern art history series for Electa and Rizzoli. In 2018 she published The Most Influential Women of Our Time (White Star Editions), a best-selling volume dedicated to the most influential female figures of the 20th Century, which has been translated into 12 languages. Her last book was Coco Chanel. Revolutionary Woman. In 2021 she was listed among the 100 Wonder Women of the year by Forbes Italia, a compilation of women who have shown outstanding leadership and creativity. In autumn 2022 she will publish her new book, Together, dedicated to the 50 most influential contemporary women in the world. She writes and works in Milan.



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Tuesday 13 September 2022