For example, eighteen-year-old Alice Gaggero from Genoa, who last year - still underage – was named Alfiere della Repubblica by President of Italy Sergio Mattarella for an article on subatomic particles, said: “I have always loved math, since I was a child.” “I feel a natural affinity, a sort of a gift, and I do not see why I should not develop it. I would like to become a researcher, perhaps at the CERN in Geneva or in the renewable energy sector. I am convinced that in these fields a woman can bring great added value: especially if she is a mother, therefore accustomed to simultaneously manage activities at home and work, having an innate organizational instinct.”
Or Ana Sanchez, a student at the ITIS Galvani in Milan, who has started an IT course. While she was visiting one of the Suviana Dam inspection tunnels, where one of the two women engineer explained how the tools used to monitor the parameters of the structure worked, she had what she defines a kind of enlightenment. “I thought that maybe the technicians could use a sensor system and obtain the surveys from a remote control station, in order to avoid going down the dam.”
Or Lisa Dragotto, an 18-year-old from Trieste with the ambition of landing on a shipyard's managerial work: “I would like to manage a team. Even one completely formed by men, why not. In a technical or scientific context, a woman can bring the human factor that is often lacking. She can bring the heart.”
A thought that reminds us of what Polish twice Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie said: “We must not believe that scientific progress can be reduced to mechanisms, machines, gear."