“If I had not been discriminated against or had not suffered persecution, I would never have received the Nobel Prize,” wrote pioneering neuroscientist Rita Levi-Montalcini, who shared the 1986 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with biochemist Stanley Cohen, Ph.D. In 1952, Levi-Montalcini had made the discovery of nerve growth factor (NGF), a...

Between today’s economic and political turmoil, tension between employees and employers and COVID-19 panic only just beginning to wane, it’s no surprise that the conversation about what makes a healthy work-life balance is rife with new ideas and controversial lifestyle ‘takes’. What seems to be missing, however, is anything that really addresses t...

When you think about what can be the passion for the study of the brain, the love for culture, Rita Levi Montalcini immediately thinks of everything that could refer to phenomena that in the war years were still completely unknown and that a great woman gave us the opportunity to get passionate about it thanks to her love and knowledge. Well yes, a...

There are many Italian women who have contributed to the growth of the country's history. They are scientists, writers, activists, rebels and tenacious, a source of inspiration for women all over the world. Writers, artists, scientists. The women who changed the history of Italy take us to explore new horizons of this country. Each with skills that...

Annually the Nobel Prize is awarded to those brilliant minds who distinguish themselves in this sector: physics, chemistry, economics, medicine, literature and brotherhood among Nations.  In 2021 Giorgio Parisi win the physics prize: he is an italian who joins the distinguished group of 20 enlightened men and women who have brought prestige to Ital...

If you’re unfamiliar with the tale of Rome’s beginnings, it’s a powerful story with an underlying matriarchal theme. The legend is that Rhea Silva, a Vestal Virgin birthed twin sons named Romulus and Remus, and was soon forced to abandon them due to threats against their lives. Intercepted from the Tiber river by the god Tiberius, the twins were sa...

Very beautiful, fragile, with a gaze identical to the one we are acquainted with thanks to the photographs of the centenarian woman born in Turin in 1909 who died in Rome in 2012. She was appointed Senator at the age of 102, after having been awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1986. The girl who wrote this terrible yet tender collection of cor...

Rita Levi-Montalcini was an Italian neurophysiologist and an exceptional woman, who through her pioneering contribution and hard work has set an amazing example for others to follow her footsteps. She dedicated her life to science giving to all the new generation huge food for thoughts.  Rita Levi-Montalcini was born on April 22, 1909 in Turin to a...

At the height of Mussolini’s Italy, in the midst of war, few if any locals took notice of a diminutive woman cycling around the Italian countryside looking for eggs. After all, in the midst of international turmoil, a mother searching for rations for her children seemed the epitome of “normal.” Her native town of Turin, in northern Italy near the b...

This Friday is International Women’s Day, a global initiative celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and promoting gender equality. This year’s campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter. In honour of International Women’s Day, we bring you five Italian women who have made their mark on the world in their own unique...