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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.