Foundation was established on December 16, 1994 by Annarita
Buttafuoco , named in
Elvira Badaracco’s will as a life-lasting guardian of her economic, scientific
and political legacy.
of the Foundation is to promote the studies of women’s culture, and women’s social
and political experience, with specific attention to women’s historical associations
In 1999 Marina Zancan,
president of the Badaracco Foundation ever since its establishment, inherits the
role of ensurer of the Foundation because of Annarita Buttafuoco’s death.
of Directors: Marina Zancan, president; Luisa Finocchi; Carmen Leccardi, Sveva
Magaraggia, Assunta Sarlo, .
committee: Luisa Finocchi; Carmen Leccardi; Sveva Magaraggia; Barbara Mapelli;
Lea Melandri; Marina Piazza; Franca Pizzini; Assunta Sarlo; Marina Zancan.
service: Laura Milani.
The Badaracco Foundation pursues
the goals outlined in its Constitution through a variety of activities:
in all areas of investigation related to the study of women's culture and political
and social experience of women;
organization and increase in archival paper
and audio as well as managing of a specialized library, starting from the assets
donated by the Centre for Historical Studies on women's liberation movement in
Italy, specifically destined to the Foundation;
of criteria and methods of treatment and use of archives and libraries;
establishment of scholarships and awards in favor of scholars engaged in research
fields of interest for the Foundation;
- the development
of cultural exchanges with women's centers, archives and libraries that have similar
aims to the Foundation's, as well as with universities, public and private institutions,
associations, national and international institutes;
with local authorities, ministries, universities and with public and private institutions,
both national and international, aimed at the promotion and conduct of research,
the establishment, funding and provision of scholarships;
organization of conferences, seminars, debates, conferences;
classes and training for teachers, archivists, librarians, officials from public
service and, in general, women interested in the Foundation's activities;
in networks and databases of national and international interest;
series within texts studies and materials generated by the Foundation's activities.
in continuity with the work of the Centre
for Historical Studies on women's liberation movement in Italy, aims to increase
the study of the complex reality of women and to enable further areas of study
defined in the planning activities.
In this direction, in addition to increasing
the inherited cultural and political heritage, the Foundation recognizes the political
opportunity to exploit all forms of women's intellectual work, reassembling the
two elements - political experience and professionalism - which have led to a
crisis, in recent years, in the methodological and disciplinary regulations.
that time the research hypotheses are redefined, as well as the existing structure
of political thought; and historiography and the knowledge of the past and present
are changed, in order to make women participate in the process of an engaging
and relevant redesigning of the future
The Foundation conducts scientific reports in Italy
In Italy, the Foundation is in constant relationship of cooperation
with all the Documentation Centres of women throughout the country. It holds as
well tight bonds with:
- " University
of Siena, where there is an active area of research on women's history;
University of Rome "La Sapienza", Department of Languages, Linguistics
and Literary, which is on a Ph.D. in History of women's writing, in a consortium
with the University of Turin, Bologna and Macerata.
the Foundation had, over years, collaboration and exchange with:
International Informatiecentrum en Archief voor de Vrouwenbeweging, Amsterdam;
Library and Informative Centre, London;
- CREW Centre
de recherche sur les femmes européennes, Bruxelles;
Centre Lyonnais d'études feministes, Lyon;
- Feministiches Archiv und
Dokumentations - Zentrum, Frankfurt;
Women's Studies Forum;
- KINFO Center for Interdisciplinary
Information on Women's Studies, Copenaghen;
Women's Studies Forum - University College, Dublin;
- Università Autonoma Metropolitana,
- CIHD Centre d'investigaciò historica
de la Dona, Universitat de Barcelona;
Marguerite Durand, Paris.
The Foundation is Lombardy regional cluster
of the network women's database Lilith, for automatic research from a gender perspective,
documentation and information available in all women's centers in Italy, about
what women write and produce, such as monographs, periodicals, manuscripts, photos,
Badaracco was born in Alessandria on May 22, 1911. As a teenager she moved with
her parents in Milan where, in 1979, together with Pierrette Coppa founded the
Center for Historical Studies on women's liberation movement in Italy.
first, the center was hosted by the Feltrinelli Foundation and moved in 1991 at
the National Women's Union, historical gathering center of Milanese women. On
12 November 2009, the Foundation opened
its new office premises at Via Menabrea 13 - Milan
of the Centre and its consolidation - especially due to the dedication of Elvira
Badaracco herself, who had the capacity to coordinate a national secretariat composed
of scholars from different backgrounds and expertise - have confirmed her belief
that it was necessary to ensure this institution of research and study a solid
future, including the transformation of its institutional form.
is expressed by Elvira Badaracco in her will, written in April 1993, where she
states that the center of historical studies on women's liberation movement in
Italy should become a Foundation with similar objectives to those of the Centre,
but with greater prospects development and strengthening, protected in part by
the income of a property she left to the Foundation.
Elvira Badaracco died
in Milan on 21 January 1994 and in December 1994 was formally established by Annarita
Buttafuoco the appointment status of the Foundation, as Badaracco herself had
stated in her will, which also guaranteed a lifetime of economic, political and
As Annarita Buttafuoco died, in 1999, this operative
function was transferred to Marina Zancan, president of the Foundation ever since
Foundation is open:
Monday and Thursday from 9 to 13 and from 14 to 17
and Wednesday from 9 to 13 and from 14 to 18
Via Menabrea, 13
The Badaracco Foundation's website
was made possible thanks to the contribution from Cariplo