Donne in equilibrio – Wanda Ferragamo
Italian and english translations of the exhibition catalogue by Scriptum
Wanda Miletti Ferragamo was a self-made woman with an entrepreneurial bent and played a pivotal role in developing Salvatore Ferragamo group after the death of her husband in 1960 at age 62, which left her a widow with six children: Fiamma, Giovanna, Fulvia, Ferruccio, Massimo and Leonardo.
Marking the centenary of her birth, the Salvatore Ferragamo company, together with the namesake foundation and Musée Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence, are mounting an exhibition to bow on May 19 titled “Donne in Equilibrio,” or “Women in Balance,” aimed at documenting and celebrating women who, like Ferragamo herself, played a role in advancing the economy in the post-World War II Italian landscape.
The exhibition is to be accompanied by a biography of Miletti Ferragamo. It will celebrate the woman and entrepreneur, often described by those who knew her as passionate, kind and intense.
Revealing the exhibition, the company provided a quote that the late Ferragamo matriarch said before her death: “When I started working, in Italy there were not many women leading companies.
Today is different, and I’m happy about it, even if I’m aware of what this means. All the women work, but some do their jobs out of home. “Housewives have to do accounting like bookkeepers, decorate [their homes] like interior designers, cook like a chef and manage the house like CEOs, all the while being mothers and wives.
Women can do it all, regardless of what and where our office is,” she added.