Italian Female Leaders

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Alessandra Mussolini
(Member of the European Parliament (2004 - 2008, 2014 - 2019))

Alessandra Mussolini
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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.  

 2 
Federica Mogherini
(Politician)

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

 3 
Virginia Raggi
(Politician, Lawyer)

Virginia Raggi
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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.

 4 
Marta Fascina
(Politician)

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

Zita of Bourbon-Parma
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Birthdate: May 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tuscany, Italy
Died: March 14, 1989

 6 
Ilona Staller
(Pornographic actor, Politician)

Ilona Staller
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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.

 7 
Isabella d'Este
(Political Figure)

Isabella d'Este
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Birthdate: May 19, 1474
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ferrara, Italy
Died: February 13, 1539
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 8 
Matilda of Tuscany
(Countess of Tuscany)

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

 9 
Fulvia
(Political figure)

Fulvia
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Birthdate: 0083 AD
Birthplace: Tusculum, Italy
Died: 0040 AD

 10 
Giorgia Meloni
(Politician)

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

 11 
Elisabetta Casellati
(Politician, Lawyer)

Elisabetta Casellati
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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.

 12 
Bona Sforza
(Queen of Poland Grand Duchess of Lithuania (18 April 1518 – 1 April 1548))

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

An ideal elite Renaissance woman, Bona Sforza was the queen of Poland and the wife of Sigismund I the Old. She is remembered for her fiery resistance to the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I, when he suggested Bona be planted as a Habsburg spy to counter the Jagiellonian dynasty.

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Mara Carfagna
(Politician)

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

 14 
Luciana Lamorgese
(Politician)

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

 15 
Maria Elena Boschi
(Politician, Lawyer)

Maria Elena Boschi
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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. 

 16 
Laura Boldrini
(Politician)

Laura Boldrini
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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. 

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

Maria Pia of Savoy was an Italian princess who became the Queen of Portugal after marrying King Luís I of Portugal in 1862. She was the third queen to represent the House of Savoy. Maria Pia is best remembered for her compassion and charitable works. She was often referred to as the mother of the poor and angel of charity.

 18 
Jole Santelli
(Politician)

Jole Santelli
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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.

 19 
Emma Bonino
(Politician)

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

 20 
Lucia Azzolina
(Politician)

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

 21 
Bona of Savoy
(Politician)

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

 22 

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

 23 
Iva Zanicchi
(Singer)

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

 24 
Carla Gravina
(Actress)

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

 25 
Nina Menegatto
(Businesswoman)

Nina Menegatto
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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.

 26 
Chiara Appendino
(Politician)

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

 27 
Lilli Gruber
(Journalist)

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

 28 
Valentina Vezzali
(Politician)

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

 29 
Cecile Kyenge
(Politician)

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

 30 
Letizia Battaglia
(Photographer)

Letizia Battaglia
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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.

 31 
Teresa Bellanova
(Politician)

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

 32 
Ilaria Capua
(Virologist)

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

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

Archduchess Maria Maddalena of Austria was a well-educated woman and grew up appreciating art and culture. The wife of Grand Duke Cosimo II de Medici, she also had a palace of her own, the Poggio Imperiale. Following Cosimo’s death, she and her mother-in-law, Christine of Lorraine, served as regents.

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Susanna Agnelli
(First Woman to be Appointed Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs (1995 -1996))

Susanna Agnelli
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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.

 35 
Letizia Moratti
(Politician)

Letizia Moratti
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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.

 36 
Fabiana Dadone
(Politician)

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

 37 
Lidia Menapace
(Politician)

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

 38 
Elena Bonetti
(Politician)

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

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

 40 
Paola Severino
(Lawyer, Politician)

Paola Severino
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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.

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Camilla Ravera
(Politician)

Camilla Ravera
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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.