True to her word, Maria devoted herself to her cause. Year after year she helped women from all walks of life. The day she opened the centre to all abused women was the proudest moment of her life. She tirelessly petitioned the government for fairer laws, never giving up no matter how many times they humiliated her and derided her ideas. I lobbied politicians from the inside and together we tried to change their traditionalist ideals.
Maria was determined to change Italian men’s attitudes towards women, and Italian women’s attitudes towards themselves. She didn’t want equality for women, she was never so foolish as to believe she could achieve that, but she did want to give women self respect, freedom to choose their own futures, the strength to break free from the cultural repression that was breaking their spirits. It was, and still is, a long, slow fight but she never gave up.
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