HERSTORY PORTRAITS
A personal project
A series of portraits of exceptional women 
that with their actions, creations or life choices 
made a great contribution to women’s emancipation 
and gender equality, without necessarily calling themselves feminists, 
in some cases openly rejecting the definition, 
but acting with the same values
Can female action be more feminist than feminist activism?
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Joyce Salvadori Lussu 

She was a novelist, a poetess, a political activist, 

captain in the brigade Giustizia e Libertà, 

partisan fighting against imperialism, 

colonialism and nazifascism


Franca Viola

She was the first one to say no to the Italian 

"rehabilitating marriage" law 

according to which the crime of rape 

could be cancelled by the marriage 

between the victim and the rapist

She refused to marry her rapist 

breaking the Southern Italy social conventions 

and allowing the abolition of the law on August 5th, 1981


Eileen Gray

According to critics Le Corbusier 

was affronted that a woman could create 

such work of modernism and out of jealousy 

he painted murals all over the house, 

to claim a bit of ownership of the project, 

thus causing Eileen's architectural career break. 

Villa E-1027 is now recognized 

as one of the first masterpieces 

of modernist architecture​​​​​​​


Lucia Valerio

She was the best Italian female tennis player 

during the late 1920s and the 1930s

Used to be called "The Lady of Tennis " 

she preferred to be called "Miss" 

instead of "Lady"  

because she chose to never marry

for the love of tennis


Coco Chanel

Her revolutionary designs​​​​​​​ allowed women 

to put away the corsets and restricting garments​​​​​​​ 

and replace them with comfortable 

simple and elegant outfits 

that influenced the fashion world 

in a way that won't ever be forgotten



Fanny Durack

She was the first woman to win 

an Olympic gold medal in swimming

during the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, 

first Games that allowed women in swimming competitions​​​​​​​


Ida Lupino 

She began her acting career during the mid-30s

Then she switched from acting to directing, 

becoming the first woman to direct a noir film

"The Hitch-Hiker"


Tina Modotti

She's recognized as one of the most important 

female photographers of the 20th century

She was also a model, an actress, a traveller

and a revolutionary activist. 

She lived many lives in many worlds, 

becoming a symbol of freedom 

and women's empowerment 


Amelia Earhart
On May 1932 she became the first female aviator 
to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean



Nadia Comaneci

She was the first gymnast to be awarded 

a perfect score of 10.0 at the Olympic Games 

No longer allowed to travel outside of Romania  

she defected Ceausescu's dictatorship