Italian Female Leaders

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 1 Ilona Staller

Ilona Staller
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Famous As: Pornographic actor, Politician
Birthdate: November 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Ilona Staller is a former porn star, singer, and politician. She achieved popularity by appearing in Telefono rosso, the first Italian hardcore pornography production, and then went on to pose nude in Playboy's editions around the world. In 1980, an erotic series titled La Cicciolina was made based on Ilona Staller's life and career.

 2 Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi
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Famous As: Former President of Indian National Congress
Birthdate: December 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lusiana, Lusiana Conco, Italy

Sonia Gandhi is an Indian politician and president of one of the most prominent Indian political parties, The Indian National Congress. As the president of Indian National Congress, which has been one of India's most successful political parties in the country's post-independence history, Sonia Gandhi remains one of the most powerful women in India.

 3 Alessandra Mussolini

Alessandra Mussolini
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Alessandra Mussolini is an Italian former politician and former actress. The granddaughter of Benito Mussolini, she is a former member of the Chamber of Deputies and the Italian Senate. She was the leader of the national conservative political party Social Action as well. Prior to joining politics, she was a model and actress in the 1970s and 1980s.  

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 4 Federica Mogherini

Federica Mogherini
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 5 Virginia Raggi

Virginia Raggi
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: July 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Italian lawyer Virginia Raggi made history when she became the first female mayor of Rome. A champion of women’s rights, she also prioritizes climate change issues and is concerned about de-congesting her city. A Five Star Movement member, she withdrew Rome’s 2024 Olympic bid, stating Rome would’ve been in debt otherwise.

 6 Marta Fascina

Marta Fascina
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melito di Porto Salvo, Italy

 7 Zita of Bourbon-Parma

Zita of Bourbon-Parma
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Birthdate: May 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tuscany
Died: March 14, 1989
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 8 Isabella d'Este

Isabella d'Este
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Famous As: Political Figure
Birthdate: May 19, 1474
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ferrara, Italy
Died: February 13, 1539

 9 Matilda of Tuscany

Matilda of Tuscany
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Famous As: Countess of Tuscany
Birthdate: 1046 AD
Birthplace: Lucca, Italy
Died: July 24, 1115

 10 Fulvia

Fulvia
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Famous As: Political figure
Birthdate: 0083 AD
Birthplace: Tusculum, Italy
Died: 0040 AD

 11 Bona Sforza

Bona Sforza
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Birthdate: February 2, 1494
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vigevano
Died: November 19, 1557

 12 Giorgia Meloni

Giorgia Meloni
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 13 Elisabetta Casellati

Elisabetta Casellati
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: August 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rovigo, Italy

The incumbent president of the Italian Senate, Elisabetta Casellati is the first female to have acquired this position. The Forza Italia member is a qualified matrimonial lawyer and has been a researcher at the University of Padua, too. A self-proclaimed conservative, she supports chemical castration of rapists and is against abortion.

 14 Lucia Azzolina

Lucia Azzolina
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Syracuse, Italy

 15 Luciana Lamorgese

Luciana Lamorgese
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Potenza, Italy

 16 Mara Carfagna

Mara Carfagna
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Salerno, Italy

 17 Emma Bonino

Emma Bonino
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bra, Italy

 18 Vladimir Luxuria

Vladimir Luxuria
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Famous As: Actor, Television presenter, Politician
Birthdate: June 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Foggia

 19 Maria Elena Boschi

Maria Elena Boschi
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montevarchi, Italy

Maria Elena Boschi is an Italian politician and lawyer. Since 2013, Boschi has been serving as a member of the Chamber of Deputies. In 2016, Boschi became the first woman to be appointed as the Secretary of the Council of Ministers. She made headlines when she left the Democratic Party in 2019 to join Matteo Renzi's Italia Viva. 

 20 Laura Boldrini

Laura Boldrini
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Macerata, Italy

Laura Boldrini is an Italian politician who served as the president of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy from 2013 to 2018. She studied law at the Sapienza University of Rome and worked at the World Food Programme (WFP) as the Italian spokesperson. She has been part of  numerous missions to crisis spots, including Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan. 

 21 Jole Santelli

Jole Santelli
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cosenza, Italy
Died: October 15, 2020

Apart from being a seasoned politician, Forza Italia member Jole Santelli was also a qualified lawyer. She had been the president of Calabria and was part of the Chamber of Deputies. Known for promoting Italian companies overseas, Santelli had been battling cancer when she died of a heart attack.

 22 Maria Pia of Savoy

Maria Pia of Savoy
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Famous As: Consort
Birthdate: October 16, 1847
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Royal Palace, Turin, Sardinia
Died: July 5, 1911

 23 Valentina Vezzali

Valentina Vezzali
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Iesi, Italy

 24 Bona of Savoy

Bona of Savoy
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 10, 1449
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Avigliana, Turin
Died: November 23, 1503

 25 Alfonsina Orsini

Alfonsina Orsini
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 1472 AD
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: February 7, 1520

 26 Carla Gravina

Carla Gravina
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gemona del Friuli, Italy

 27 Susanna Agnelli

Susanna Agnelli
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: May 15, 2009

Susanna Agnelli was an Italian businesswoman, politician, and writer. Agnelli is best remembered as the first woman to serve as the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, a position which she served from 1995 to 1996. Susanna Agnelli is also remembered for her bestselling autobiography titled We always wore sailor suits.

 28 Chiara Appendino

Chiara Appendino
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moncalieri, Italy

 29 Nina Menegatto

Nina Menegatto
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: November 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kempten, Germany

Nina Menegatto is a businesswoman who currently serves as the Princess of Seborga. Since 2019, she has been reigning over a micronation known as the Principality of Seborga. The former wife of the previous head of state Marcello Menegatto, Nina is the first woman to serve in this position.

 30 Iva Zanicchi

Iva Zanicchi
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ligonchio, Italy

 31 Lilli Gruber

Lilli Gruber
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bolzano, Italy

 32 Cecile Kyenge

Cecile Kyenge
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kambove, DR Congo

 33 Teresa Bellanova

Teresa Bellanova
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ceglie Messapica, Italy

 34 Letizia Battaglia

Letizia Battaglia
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: March 5, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Palermo

Letizia Battaglia is an Italian photojournalist and photographer whose photos depict a wide range of Sicilian life. Battaglia is renowned for her influential work on the Sicilian Mafia. Her life and career inspired a 2019 documentary titled Shooting the Mafia. Over the course of her career, Letizia Battaglia has been honored with several awards like Dr. Erich Salomon Award.

 35 Ilaria Capua

Ilaria Capua
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Famous As: Virologist
Birthdate: April 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 36 Archduchess Maria Maddalena of Austria

Archduchess Maria Maddalena of Austria
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 7, 1589
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Graz, Archduchy of Austria Austria
Died: November 1, 1631

 37 Letizia Moratti

Letizia Moratti
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Letizia Moratti is an Italian politician and businesswoman who served as the president of RAI from 1994 to 1996. From 2001 to 2006, she served as the Italian Minister of Public Education. From 2006 to 2011, Moratti was the mayor of Milan.

 38 Lidia Menapace

Lidia Menapace
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Novara, Italy
Died: December 7, 2020

 39 Fabiana Dadone

Fabiana Dadone
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cuneo, Italy

 40 Elena Bonetti

Elena Bonetti
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Asola, Italy

 41 Mariastella Gelmini

Mariastella Gelmini
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leno, Italy

 42 Paola Severino

Paola Severino
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: October 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Paola Severino is an Italian politician and lawyer who served as the nation's minister of justice from November 2011 to April 2013. Severino is the first woman to be appointed as Italy's minister of justice. One of the top criminal lawyers in the country, Paola Severino has worked for important personalities like Romano Prodi, Francesco Caltagirone, and Cesare Geronzi.

 43 Camilla Ravera

Camilla Ravera
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 18, 1889
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Acqui Terme, Italy
Died: April 14, 1988

Italian politician and Communist Party member Camilla Ravera was the first woman to be a lifetime senator. She was initially associated with Antonio Gramsci’s newspaper L’Ordine Nuovo. She also edited La Compagna. As a parliamentarian, she passed bills related to the provision of equal wages for women.