Precious Cargo

Nineteen-year-old Precious is a smiling, laughing, living testament to human resilience. She sits at the end of a table in a safe house near Rome for Nigerian sex slaves who have managed to escape their exploiters and tells me her story. The first impression of Precious, with her beautiful, gentle face, smooth skin, lively brown […]

Lucia’s Battle

Dear Blog Readers, I have been working with my AP wire colleague Fran D’Emilio on a story on women fighting back against violence in Italy that went out this morning as part of the AP’s many stories for International Women’s Day. Fran wrote an excellent story (see link here: Scarred Survivors) – I handled the TV […]

Happy International Women’s Day

March 8, 2014
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Dear Blog Readers, Today is March 8th, International Women’s Day, and I have been inspired by this article “Five of Italy’s Most Influential Women” from to do a blog post reminding you of some of the interesting Italian women — past and present– who I have written about in this blog, and some of […]

Femicide in Italy

May 29, 2013
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A staircase in the small town of Corigliano Calabro’ in southern Italy was dotted Monday with pairs of shoes latched together with red ribbons.  They were there in protest, and in solidarity, following the “femicide” this week of 15-year-old Fabiana Luzzi. “Femicide” in Italy is a topic I have avoided writing about for a simple, […]

Call Me Black!

When Cecile Kyenge walked into her press conference in Rome today, I was surprised at how petite and unassuming she appeared. I had been chasing an interview with Italy’s first black Minister all week and in my mind she had become larger than life.  Who was this small, unassuming woman with dark skin, short hair […]

Veronica’s Revenge

January 8, 2013
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Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is conducting a media blitz.  He is appearing on several TV shows every day (mainly on TV channels he owns), and on radio programs.  It is an incessant bombardment of the Italian public as he tries to round-up support for February’s national elections. Last night he appeared on a TV […]

Like Water Off A Duck’s Wings

January 3, 2013
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Rita Levi-Montalcini, one of the Italian women I admire most, died last Sunday at her home in Rome.  She was 103.  Levi-Montalcini won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1986 for her discovery of Nerve Growth Factor, how she got there and what she did afterwards is what I find so fascinating. Montalcini was born […]

Desperate Housewives in Italy

April 24, 2012
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I have written extensively about the Italian women I know being talented, able to do their jobs and then go home and run the household, cooking up fantastic meals, washing and ironing for their husbands and children while managing to still look glamorous. See my posts Non e’ la Dolce Vita and The Italian Super-Mamma. […]