Alumnae Achievement Awards
Carole Beebe Tarantelli ’64
Former Member, Italian Parliament
Carole Beebe Tarantelli ’64 is an
educator, psychoanalyst, former member of the Italian
Parliament, antiterrorist activist, and women’s-rights
After graduating from Wellesley, Ms. Beebe Tarantelli
earned a M.A from the University of Michigan and her
Ph.D. from Brandeis, both in English literature. While
at Brandeis, she met Ezio Tarantelli, whom she married
in 1970. The two moved to Rome, where Ms. Beebe Tarantelli
began her career as an educator, teaching English language
and literature at the University of Rome.
During this period she became interested in psychoanalysis,
and in 1979, began training as a psychoanalyst at Centro
Italiano di Psicologia Analitica (the Italian Center
for Analytical Psychology) in Rome. She began private
practice in 1982. In addition, she took part in the feminist
movement in Italy and participated in numerous international
seminars of feminist intellectuals.
In March of1985, Ms. Beebe Tarantelli’s husband,
a prominent economist, was assassinated by Red Brigade
terrorists. Later that year, she met in prison with a
group of terrorists who had begun to question terrorism
and the ongoing bloodshed it was bringing to Italy—part
of an effort to fully understand the trauma her family
had been through. She also became a visible antiterrorism
activist, writing op-ed articles for prominent Italian
newspapers and appearing often on television to talk
In 1987, Ms. Beebe Tarantelli was elected
to the Italian Chamber of Deputies, becoming the first
ever elected to the Italian parliament. While in office,
she concentrated on women’s issues, including rape
legislation, domestic violence, abortion rights, and
family leave, as well as prison and health-care reform.
She was instrumental in the effort to reform the country’s
rape laws, ensuring that rape would be punishable as
a serious crime in Italy. Ms. Beebe Tarantelli was re-elected
twice, before retiring from politics in 1996.
In 1988, Ms. Beebe-Tarantelli joined
a group of female colleagues to found Differenza Donna,
to combat violence against women. From 1988 to 1995,
she served as president of the organization, which opened
Italy’s first shelter for victims of domestic violence.
Differenza Donna has now expanded its operations to three
shelters. It also provides 24-hour hotlines, counseling
for women, and legal services.
Today, Ms. Beebe Tarantelli continues to teach at the
University of Rome, to practice as a psychoanalyst, and
to volunteer for Differenza Donna.
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