Italian women are always portrayed as charming and beautiful but it’s not emphasized enough how strong and capable they are. From science to economy, from literature to the world of fashion, Italian women have been successful and even pioneering.
Here are some of the most successful women in Italy of the modern days.
- Federica Mogherini. She was born in Rome in 1973. Federica was Italy’s Foreign Affairs Minister from February to October 2014, when she was appointed high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. She was a member of the Italian Parliament from 2008 to 2014 and served as vice-president of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2009. She is also a Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Morgherini was only the third woman to be Minister for Foreign Affairs.
- Miuccia Prada. The Prada label is famous all over the world and Miuccia, born Maria Prada in Milan in 1949, is largely responsible for this success. It was only after a while she took the decision to join the family business. Her grandfather had started a successful company specialized in the production of leather handbags and suitcases. It was Miuccia who decided to revolutionize the company and introduce new elements to its collections in 1985, by introducing a new line of black, lightweight backpacks. Some years later, she entered the market of women’s wear.
- Fabiola Gianotti. The woman has been making history in name of Italy as a particle physicist within the ranks of world renowned and emblazoned CERN. She has become famous all over the world for having led one of the experiments that led to the discovery of the Higgs boson, which was only theorized in the 60s. She was awarded the Ambrogino d’Oro, the highest recognition given by the city of Milan to people who have made a difference in their field, in November 2012. Her name has marked a chapter of physics history.
- Elena Cattaneo. Elena Cattaneo’s work for science and medicine is known worldwide. She has graduated in Italy, where she also got her doctorate in the 1980s, but spent many years in the US training and working. Upon her return to Italy, she joined the Università Statale di Milano’s research team, where she continued her work on Huntington Disease. Nowadays, Cattaneo is a leading figure in the Stem cell Biology and Pharmacology of Neurodegenerative Disease laboratory. Cattaneo is one of the world’s leading figures on neurodegenerative diseases and stem cells research.
- Samantha Cristoforetti. Samantha Cristoforetti has recently become the first Italian woman to get into space. At the age of 18, she travelled to the US and attended Space Camp. She is a member of the Italian Aviation, with the rank of Captain: she graduated in Aeronautic Sciences at the prestigious Academy Aeronautica in Pozzuoli and was one of the first women in Italy to become a lieutenant and a fighter pilot in the Italian Army.