The Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York, Inc, (IHCC-NY) has announced the publication of its commemorative poster… A Salute to Italian Women in America: Breaking Barriers… from Ellis Island to the Present. This is a tribute to all women of Italian heritage, beginning with the first Italian female immigrants. Despite all obstacles, these women arrived and thrived in American, while maintaining family, faith, tradition and values. The theme of the poster commemorates the early immigrant religious sisters, who worked with the poor and the sick. Since then, Italian and Italian American women achieved a considerable number of firsts over three centuries: the first American saint; first female pilot of a major airline; first woman publisher of a major magazine and first CEO of a major corporation. Italian American women have won many awards and accolades, such Olympic gold medals and have achieved international renown as outstanding scholars, musicians and artists.
The 2018 theme poster will be available on line at the IHCC-NY website www.italyculturemonth.org. Hayley Rothman DiRico designed the poster. Commissioner Joseph Sciame, President/Chair of the IHCC-NY, Inc., praised the efforts of all members of the Board for their creative thinking in contributing to the development of the poster, theme and programs. He said, “For 42 years the IHCC-NY, Inc. has brought forth new themes in keeping alive heritage and culture and this year 2018 is one of the best in saluting and honoring our Italian and Italian American women.”