Scheda: Evento - Tipo: Culturale

Turin and women. Small and big stories from the Middle Ages to today - Honorary citizenship

"Turin and women". Section: Honorary citizenship.

Archivio Storico della Città di Torino, on display from October 6, 2021 to March 31, 2022.



Honorary citizens

The first honorary citizenship to a woman was awarded only in 1982: Mayor Novelli granted Senator Camilla Ravera with honorary citizenship in the presence of the President of the Italian Republic, Sandro Pertini, at the Quirinale Residence. Since then the gold register list has had more and more women including the award by unanimous vote to Liliana Segre.

Rita Levi Montalcini (Turin, 1909 - Rome, 2012) Jewis family – She obtained her medicine degree in 1936 from Torino University with highest honor, but her academic career was rudely interrupted by the stop to academic and professional careers of Italian citizens not belonging to the “Aryan race”. After a short stay in Brussels she came back to Torino in 1940 and set up a small research unit in her room. In 1941, due to Allies bombings her family had to move first to Asti countryside and then to Florence, where she established close contacts with partisans  of the Action Party (Partito di Azione) and where she became the doctor with the General Anglo-American Quarters in 1944. After the war she returned to Torino with her family. In 1986 she was awarded  the Nobel Prize for Medicine with the American Biochemist Stanley Cohen. In 2001 she was nominated Senator for life by the President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. She received many Italian and foreign honorary degrees, as well as many honorary citizenships (among others also that of her  hometown).

Liliana Segre (Milan, 1930) Senator for life as of September 26, 2018, she is member of: The VII Permanent Commission (Public Education, Cultural Heritage); The Extraordinary Commission to fight intolerance, racism, anti-semitism, hate and violence incitement; Parliament commission for childhood and adolescence. She is Jewish and was deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp with her father in January 1944: after their arrival at the camp she never saw him again. She spent all her life committing herself to witness the Shoah atrocities. On December 9, 2019 she was awarded the honorary citizenship of Turin.



(Mostra a cura di Maura Baima, Luciana Manzo, Fulvio Peirone. Segreteria: Anna Braghieri. Progetto espositivo: Ottavio Sessa. Allestimento: Gisella Gervasio, Manuela Rondoni. Riproduzioni fotografiche: Giuseppe Toma, Enrico Vaio. Foto web: Deborah Sciamarella. Collaborazioni: Andrea D'Annibale, Massimo Francone, Omar Josè Nunez, Anna Maria Stratta. Per MuseoTorino: Caterina Calabrese, Surya Dubois Pallastrelli, Diletta Michelotto. Traduzioni: Surya Dubois Pallastrelli, Laura Zanasi).

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