Sarah Morgan, BSR fellow, lectures on the making of a female fascist martyr.
Ines Donati, known as La Capitana, was born in the Marche in 1900 and is one of the most celebrated of early fascist female figures. She was a militant in many of the fascist youth movements. In 1922 she was diagnosed as having tuberculosis but took part in the March on Rome the same year, when she met Mussolini. She died two years later and soon became a symbol of fascist womanhood. In 1933 her body was exhumed and taken to Rome to be buried in the Cappella degli Eroi in the city's Verano cemetery.