Women in Italy refers to females who are from or reside in Italy. The legal and social status of Italian women has undergone rapid transformations and changes during the past decades. This includes family laws , the enactment of anti-discrimination measures , and reforms to the penal code in particular with regard to crimes of violence against women. For the Roman period, see Women in Ancient Rome. During the Middle ages , Italian women were considered to have very few social powers and resources, although some widows inherited ruling positions from their husbands such in the case of Matilde of Canossa. Educated women could find opportunities of leadership only in religious convents such as Clare of Assisi and Catherine of Siena.
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The position of women within a country is one of the best indicators of how healthy it is as a society. Then the questions started to flow. What are her dreams and hopes as well as her greatest fears and scars?
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