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Celebrating Women's History Month

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Buonasera La Scuola,

This month, we celebrate women all around the world and last Tuesday, March 8, was International Women’s Day. This is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the important women in our lives.

As a school, we gathered on Tuesday with a group of powerful La Scuola women just to be together and share our common experiences. Even with just a small group, we realized how different our upbringing was and the different challenges we had to face. We also realized how important the men in our lives are by celebrating who we are and allowing us to believe we could be anyone.

My celebration of a woman in my life this year is going to be one of my grandmothers. You know I often talk about my grandparents because they are definitely at the center of our Italian culture. My Grandma Ava had 11 children after she was born in 1912 and had many of her children during World War II. They lived in the countryside, they were very poor, and unfortunately, about five of her children died within the first year of birth. Despite that, Grandma Ava was a very strong woman - she was caring and she was always smiling, even giving birth to my dad under falling bombs in October 1944. 

The challenges she faced didn’t deter her from being kind, compassionate, always a giver, and strong. She raised four boys who were supporters of women themselves. So I think our roles as women and mothers is to support the women in our lives but also to support the men in our lives.

You know that DEI at La Scuola is unique, and for us, it’s a question of being together, understanding differences, and loving one another even if we think differently. I want to pass on this message to you to celebrate all the women in your life and also all the men who support women.

Grazie mille and have a wonderful evening!

Valentina Imbeni, Ph.D.
Head of School