ITALY: We Did It for The Women

Inspired by a pro-abortion manifesto signed by more than 300 prominent French women, a handful of Rome feminists tried in 1971 to produce a comparable document for the cause in Italy. For 18 months, the Italian activists chased after well-known women, begging for public support. What they got for their trouble was a handful of less than famous names. Their last desperate hope rested with a film star who was sympathetic and seemingly sold on signing. Then crushingly, at the last moment, with pen poised over paper, the actress—whose identity has been...

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