Celebration & Empowerment at The ‘Legacy of Women’

German-Iranian writer Nava Ebrahimi by Peter Riguad, photo courtesy of ‘L’Eredità delle Donne’

Saturday, October 21 – Sunday, 23: EREDITÀ DELLE DONNE (Legacy of Women). Manifattura Tabacchi, Via delle Cascine, 35. Free admission. For more information, visit the website L’Eredità delle Donne.

Eredità delle Donne, or ‘Legacy of Women,’ an event dedicated to the celebration and empowerment of women all over the world, comes to Florence for its fifth annual edition. Generations of scientists, politicians, economists, entrepreneurs, activists, writers, artists, and environmentalists will meet under the umbrella theme Queens and Peace, which will cover topics of war, women, and power.

The festival will spotlight different cultures and backgrounds, featuring guest speakers for talks, book presentations, and more. The program of the event won’t just end after three days of online and live meetings. It will go well beyond that, striving to benefit those who attend for the rest of their lives. Participants will have the opportunity to truly collaborate thanks to the network of women that use this event to evolve and consolidate contacts through the festival’s annual editions.

In the past, Eredità delle Donne has brought more than 400 participants from all over the world with well over 3,500 attendees.

Among the guests this year will be Jill Abramson, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the first woman to direct the New York Times (Oct. 22, 3 pm), Matthew Dennison who will be presenting his royal biography of the late Queen Elizabeth II (Oct. 22, 4 pm), Ilda Boccassini the magistrate (Oct 23, 3:30 pm), and Giorgia Soleri, poet and influencer (Oct 23, 4:45 pm). There will be many more notables also participating in the festival.

There is a rich program with a wide variety of happenings at the festival, comprising talks, workshops, concerts, visits, exhibitions, readings, and conferences. One of these guided tours will take those interested down via dei Macci, the street of the artisans, which is home to beautiful women-run workshops and artisan shops.

There will be over 10 book presentations, and the talks and conferences will range in topics from ‘the diplomacy of women’ to ‘the world we want’. These pearls of artistic craftsmanship will be available to all as seats are open on October 21 at 3:45 pm. All the events at the festival will be free admission while seats are available.

The closing event of Eredità delle Donne (Oct. 23, 6 pm) will be a book presentation by Francesca Cavallo, a writer and activist, who was also the author of the English bestseller called “Goodnight Stories for Rebellious Girls.”

The event is dedicated to Anna Maria Luisa de Medici, who was the last in the Medici family to rule Florence. We all have her to thank for the access we all have to the art history of our beautiful city after she left the family’s vast art collection to Florence, creating the basis for the Uffizi Gallery.

Sponsored by Gucci and Fondazione CR Firenze, the purpose of Eredità delle Donne is to educate and empower women and is striving to take bold, brilliant steps forward toward equality in Italy and beyond.

It will take place at Manifattura Tabacchi, a unique venue with a long history. It was once a tobacco factory, but is now a thriving urban center that contains an art laboratory, a theater, a hotel, a brewery, and more!

The wealth of knowledge that could be gained through numerous events at the Manifattura Tabacchi represents a treasure trove of experience, information, and contacts that no one should miss! For the full program and other particulars, please see the website above. (Isabella Azzaro)