Through history, women have been doing amazing things. From Biblical women standing up to powerful kings, to modern international women holding their own in male dominated societies, these Saturday columns are meant to share stories of Brave women doing brave things – both for their nations and in their every day lives. As you read their stories, I hope you find the inspiration you need to believe in your own bravery. Every day, you face challenges that tax your own inner strength. Every day you are called upon to do things you thought you could not do.
Don’t forget, fellow Mom: you’re a superhero too.
Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909-2012)
Levi-Montalcini was an Italian neurologist during a time when women were scarce in the scientific field. She received the Nobel Prize for her groundbreaking work on cell growth, which fed directly into understanding diseases such as cancer and dementia. Levi-Montalcini’s father discouraged both her and her sisters from attending college, asserting that it would be a waste of time given their gender. But she was willing to pursue her passion and her family eventually stood behind her and her studies. Beyond the realm of science, Levi-Montalcini also became a member of the Italian Senate 2001.
Wise words from Rita Levi-Montalcini:
‘I tell young people: Do not think of yourself, think of others. Think of the future that awaits you, think about what you can do and do not fear anything. Do not fear the difficulties: I’ve had many in the past and I crossed without fear, with total indifference for myself.’