Friday, November 11, 2011
Inspirations- Marie Curie
From what I've read, Marie and her husband (Pierre) received a set of bicycles as a wedding present. They conducted their science experiments together, and when things got tough in the lab, they would de-stress by riding through the streets of Paris for hours on end. How romantic!
However, I would argue that Pierre helped to create this female revolution. When he and Henri Becquerel were offered the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903, Pierre refused the reward unless the committee included his wife, who stood next to him conducting the experiments. I want a husband like him. She became the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize.
A few years later, Pierre was killed by a horse-drawn wagon (what a way to die!), and Marie took his place as a Professor of General Physics in the Faculty of Sciences at Sorbonne in Paris. Again, she was the first woman to hold this position. Her hard work really stood out.
In 1911, she received the Nobel Prize again, but this time in Chemistry. She become the first person to receive two Nobel Prizes. Afterward, she went on to promote science within federal governments and use radium for therapeutic purposes.
In 1934, Marie died of aplastic anemia due to her radiation exposure from experiments. She is definitely a woman to devote herself to her work.
Today, many of us women are criticized for being put into positions for simply "being a woman." However, Madame is an example that we, too, can be exemplary in our work to show that women are equal, if not better, in STEM.