It all began when she wrote a cultural guide to Rome, celebrating the role of women in the city's history.
They found that 7,575 (45.7%) of the city's streets were named after men and just 580 (3.5%) were named after women.
"That's proof of the discrimination," she says.
"Men made the history - the known history. In Italy it is very strong because we have so many [male] saints and religious people like the Pope. Religion is so full of men."