A TV movie on the life of scientist Rita Levi Montalcini, a member of IWF Italy for many years until she died in 2012 at the age of 103, has been produced by Italian national radio and television (RAI), in collaboration with film producer Elide Melli, also a member of IWF Italy.
Rita Levi Montalcini won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1986 for her discovery of the Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). She led a difficult life, being Jewish at the time of persecution in Europe during the 1930s and 40s. When she enrolled as a student in the faculty of medicine in Turin, she was the only woman. As a woman working in a male-dominated environment, she needed a strong personality and determination to be recognized as she deserved. She continued her research work until a very old age, founding the European Brain Research Institute (EBRI).
|Rita Levi Montalcini, Nobel Prize Recipient||Elide Melli, Film Producer|
RLM was committed to the cause of advancing women’s leadership and promoting gender equality. Her message to young girls was: do not underestimate yourself and limit your goals; pursue every dream you have. And, to women aging: never stop working! This was her main message in her address to attendees of the IWF Cornerstone Conference held in Rome in 2011. She was also committed to improving the lives of women worldwide and established a foundation to support projects for women in Africa.
A preview of the TV movie on RLM was organized in the Senate of the Republic, the upper chamber of the Italian Parliament. The ceremony was chaired by the President of the Senate, Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, the second highest ranking office of the Italian nation after the President of the Republic, and she is the first woman to hold this office.