Maria Montessori became the first woman Doctor of Medicine in Italy. She graduated from the University of Rome in 1896.
In 1908, Montessori started the first “Casa de Bambini” (House of Children) in the slum area of San Lorenzo in Rome. She was innovative and soon word spread around the world of her work and the amazing children in her school.
Montessori wrote 25 books on the various aspects of her theory including her views on education for peace.