Marie Curie. She is undoubtedly one of the greatest scientists ever. And she is a woman.
Only one in seven engineers is a woman. Less than 20% of computer science majors are women. The number of women working in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields is the same as it was in 2000. That is pathetic. Unfortunately, most women don’t even think of science or math fields as an option. Women should be in journalism or English, right? Wrong! Women have been revolutionizing science for centuries! I think learning about other females in STEM fields is essential–to prove to women that we do great things, in the past and in the future.
Take Marie Curie for example. She won two Nobel Prizes, in two different fields (Physics and Chemistry) and she was the first female to do so. She discovered two new elements, polonium and radium, which was used to first study ways of curing cancer. She taught as the first female professor at the University of Paris.
Basically, she’s my hero. But we can learn some stuff from her.
Take risks! I mean, I don’t really think we should carry test tubes of radioactive chemicals in our pockets, but look what she did when she wasn’t worrying about the risks!
Don’t be afraid to do what no one else does. In that period of time, women in science were even rarer than they are today (duh). Marie was the first female to win a Nobel Prize and the first female professor at the University of Paris. But because she wasn’t afraid of being alone in what she did, she made great steps for women and science.
Lastly, stay away from radioactive stuff. Apparently it can kill you. (But really).
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