In the past, and now more than ever, women have been and are in the front line when it comes to defending, protecting, and saying what is going wrong in our societies. Women have built nations from scratch in the past and are still doing it today, worldwide. Unfortunately, we often do not find any mention of those women in books, not in school and not in university and that is unfair. We (8 brave and young women from different countries: Bosnia, Colombia, Italy, Paraguay, Mexico and Morocco) decided to change that. And the smartest way is writing about those women, that from one way or the other have started a revolution!
Nowadays, we see revolution in volunteer work, we are starting revolution now writing an article, you are participating in a revolution by reading this blog. From where I come there is a phrase “When tyranny is law, revolution is order” (Don Pedro Albizu Campos). Our new revolution is educating and sharing knowledge!
Author: Chiara M.
Tea lover and huge fan of Murakami, from Italy.
Women are revolution – Maria Skłodowska Curie
Woman, spouse, mother, supporter of Polish independence, scientist and Nobel Prize winner – twice. Maria Skłodowska Curie, a.k.a Madame Curie,was the first woman and scientist to win two Nobel Prizes, one in Physics (1903) and the second one in Chemistry (1911).
This impressive woman was born in 1867, sixth and youngest daughter of Władysław Skłodowska, scientist and professor of physics and mathematics, and Bronisława Skłodowska, who operated a prestigious boarding school for girls in Warsaw. Her parents were fervent supporters of Polish independence and of what is today called gender equality. They encouraged all their children to study and, when tables turned and the family lost their wealth, they tutored their children at home and ensured that they received the best education available. Unable to attend University in Poland, Maria came up with a cunning plan: she would work and support her sister financially while she attended the faculty of Medicine in Paris and, once graduated, she would assist Maria with her studies.A few years later Maria moved to Paris, where she changed her name to Marie and earned a degree in physics in 1893. Searching for a new laboratory she met Pierre Curie, her future husband: a fellow scientist and instructor at the School of Physics and Chemistry. They wanted to move to Warsaw but when Marie was refused a teaching position at the University of Warsaw because “she was a woman, thus not suited for science”, they decided to stay in Paris. The Curies were friends, lovers and scientists: together they researched and investigated uranium minerals and radioactivity, and published, jointly or separated, 32 papers between 1989 and 1902. Their investigations earned them a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903, and they used the money of the prize to hire their first assistant. When her husband died in a car accident in 1906, Marie was offered the chair he had at the University of Paris. thus becoming the first female Professor to teach there. While working as a Professor and pursuing her researches on radioactive elements, she also run her family and educated her two daughters, Irene and Irene. In 1911 her researches on radium and polonium earned her second Nobel Prize, this time in Chemistry.
In 1914 First World War started and Madame Curie stood up to help her adoptive country and developed mobile radiography units and became the director of the Red Cross Radiology service and set up the First Radiology Center of France by late 1914. When the war ended she summarized her experience in the book “ Radiology in War” , and she won global recognition and awards for her work and contribution to science as well as for her contribution in the field of Medicine. The exposure to radioactive elements, however, took its toll, and eventually killed her in 1934.
What’s the lesson to learn from Madame Curie? Stop complaining and make things happen. That’s all.