Donne in Campo

March 24, 2011 / Local Interest
Rome, Italy

(lit. Women in the Field, but with a double meaning where to be in campo, “in the field”, is a term used to denote anyone who is active, participating, and motivated for a cause or common objective.)

How amazed then we were to notice their nameplate at the entrance to a palazzo in Rome where many offices included this one. We just had to find out more…

Thanks to Serena Giudici, we were welcomed and presented with many historical photographs which we’d like to share with you.

For decades, Italy’s enlightened women farmers have come together to support each other’s efforts in their daily lives as women who work in the field of agriculture, by sharing their knowledge of resources and issues in the community.

Their organization’s goals include the encouragement of the maintenance of their Italian agricultural traditions while preserving the land and the environment. Of equal importance, they work together to ensure equal opportunities between women and men at all employment levels and leadership.

“We have all the same goals, objectives, the same problems, the same desire to live on our land with our families, for our and others’ welfare, to get an income from our businesses that we can live with dignity”.

Enjoy the photos, provided by Serena Giudici of Donne in Campo, Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori.

Evanne Brandon-Diner

by Evanne Brandon-Diner

Chronicler of local village life in Northern Lazio, and property restoration and purchasing consultant.

18 Responses to “Donne in Campo”

  1. Penny Ewles-Bergeron
    Penny Ewles-Bergeron

    A fantastic discovery, Evanne. I am so pleased there are historians, experts in all fields, who draw together, curate and preserve collections like these. The images are tremendous – a hard working life but with many fine moments – and women’s history is usually relegated to the background in representations of material culture. Brava.

  2. Evanne

    Thank you, Penny. I so respect the women here in Italy who work the land and have such reverence for it, and wanted to share it with all of you.

  3. giuseppe spano (jojo)
    giuseppe spano (jojo)

    without exception one of the most important post…….

  4. Virgil Franco

    Beautiful stories and pictures. Reminds me of what my Mother went through. thank you.

  5. Thank you for this “note”. I truly enjoyed reading it and seeing the pictures of these wonderful women.
    Note – When I typed and then read what I had written I had left the ‘ful’ off wonderful, perhaps wonder women is more appropriate.

  6. Norma Luther

    It is so good to see the Italian woman’s history. They even looked good at manual labor. Thanks.

  7. Beautiful Women, so resourceful, as women really are if given the chance. So much love and desire to treat the God given land. Bravo Ladies. We are the world

  8. Roberto

    Bravo !!!

    My parents are both from Italy. Growing up with a strong Italian influence and interest in Italian culture, I loved the music,art, food,language and some rituals of Italians. Although I see much of Italy ,historically and presently, as being strongly patriarchal.

    I’m so behind this women’s movement.

    Viva la femminile

  9. My mother told us stories about working in the rice paddies in Northern Italy.
    When we saw the movie “Bitter Rice” we asked her if they all looked like Silvana Mangano.
    This is a wonderful addition to your notebook.

  10. If the goals of this organization were universally adopted at all levels of public policy decision-making, the world would solve it’s problems and we would get out of the mess we’re in. Unfortunately, most of the power is wielded by insecure men who care only about domination and control. It doesn’t seem to matter at all how much suffering is caused by their stupid authoritarian tendencies.

  11. I would also like to say how much I enjoyed this uplifting story.

  12. Gian Banchero

    These photos remind me of my Piemontese grandmother who took great pride in the fact that she worked the land all of her life, here in the States she had a 1/3 acre garden that she attended to into her 90s. Nonna and her garden were truly a connection with history, in early spring she’d water the young vegetables with warm water, years later I learned that the ancient Romans did so to encourage plant growth. Though the field work was hard and strenuous ALL women who experienced it were/are proud of having done so seemingly without exception. Thank you Evanne…

  13. veronica

    such beautiful reminder just to see how hard ,yet pleasure in doing working, together without complaining and to go home and do more, bravo to our nonnas! awesome! thank you for the posting

  14. Filomena

    My grandmother was Bormann in Italy and we had a wonderful
    Garden where she grew tomatoes (seeds from Italy) all kinds of
    Lettuce, peppers, beans. There were fruit trees and grape vines
    all grown in the Bronx, New York. My grandfather pampered his
    Fig trees and every year I could open my bedroom window and
    Pull off the figs. My grandparents both grew up on farm and I
    Was greatly influenced by them and had a large vegetable
    Garden for many years. Sadly, I can no longer do the upkeep
    Of the garden.


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