Scheda: Evento - Tipo: Culturale

Turin and women. Small and big stories from the Middle Ages to today - Ancient crafts

"Turin and women". Section: Ancient crafts.

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


Old and new jobs

The common practice to assign time-consuming and accurate jobs to women in order to lower manufacturing costs was already used in the old “Augusta Taurinorum” and in the Middle Ages.

In Modern Times, Piedmont developed the mulberry cultivation which, in addition to silkworm breeding, boosted recruiting of women and children. Other jobs involved women only, such as obstetrician, governess and housekeeper.

Between 1864 and 1870 – when the capital of Italy was in Florence – collapse of many craft workshops caused the loss of jobs for thousands of seamstresses and embroiderers.

In the early 20th century a widespread discontent caused strikes aiming at better working conditions.

The protests started again after the first World War and stopped with the advent of fascism. During the Second World War the leading role of women is regarded as the decisive factor which will determine the outcome for  both Liberation and jobs as well as for the economic recovery after the war.




(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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