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"The basis of her commitment could not but be a direct reference to the women of the Gospel, Mary and Mary Magdalene, and St. Paul’s call to unity in Christ's of slave and freeman, Jew and Greek,man and woman.”So wrote Roberto Violi in Maria De Unterrichter Jervolino (1902-1975),Women, education and democracy in Italy in the 20th century (Studium, 2014); and therein lies the merit of the research of the Italian historian. Retracing the rich and complex biography of Maria De Unterrichter, a woman in her early thirties who was passionate about politics and education, served national president of the FUCI, member of the Governing Board of the Christian Democrats, was first elected to the Constituent Assembly and then as deputy, and was longtime Secretary of Education. Violi tells her journeywhile also investigating its spiritual and ethical roots. She retired from politics in 1963, despite the Party’s insistence that she remain.From then on, Maria devoted himself full-time to teaching, serving for nearly thirty years the post of President of the National Opera Montessori. Remembered by all who knew and worked with her as an energetic and serene woman, De Unterrichter was convinced that educationhad to become “food for hungry minds”.This could also be ascribed to the fact that“language is not simply a conglomeration of words; for words represent a whole mental and material world”. (@GiuliGaleotti)
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