An outstanding female figure in the history of occupational health: Ersilia Majno Bronzini

Silvana Salerno

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Background: Starting with the obituary "Ersilia Majno Bronzini: an outstanding female figure in Occupational Health," probably written by Luigi Devoto and published in thejournal'La Medicina del Lavoro (1933), a reappraisal is made of Majno Bronzini's contribution to occupational health. Methods: Most references were collected from the archives ofthe journal Il Lavoro (1901), the archives of the association "Union of Women", the periodical founded by Majno Bronzini (1899) and other material. Results: Majno Bronzini's selected published papers (1895, 1900, 1902) on the working conditions of women and child labour proposing a national occupational health law were found. The importance of a women's network for occupational health is also shown in Majno Bronzini's correspondence with Anna Celli Frantzel and Maria Montessori. In 1902 Angelo Celli officially congratulated Majno Bronzini's (and Anne Kuliscioff's) efforts to promulgate the first law on women and child labour during his speech before the Italian Parliament, published by Il Lavoro. Majno Bronzini and Nina Rignano Sullam were the only two women participating in the First International Congress on Occupational Health in Milan (1906). The correspondence between Majno Bronzini and Devoto (1901-1933) and Devoto'sformal acknowledgement of Majno Bronzini (1910) when inaugurating the new "Clinica del Lavoro" institute is well documented. Conclusions: Majno Bronzini dedicated a significant part of her life to occupational health, together with Anna Celli Frantzel and Maria Montessori along with many others. This research shows how important her contribution was to occupational health development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419 - 426
Number of pages8
JournalMedicina del Lavoro
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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