There are influential women, and then there’s Marie Curie. The history-making chemist, physicist, and two-time Nobel Prize winner has now been given a new title: the most influential woman of all time, according to BBC History Magazine. She beat out 99 other significant women, but we’ll agree that she is the most deserving of this new achievement.
Cheers to the most influential women ever
BBC History Magazine is celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom. Ten experts nominated a hundred of the most influential women, including Rosa Parks, Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher, Clara Barton, and of course, Marie Curie.
Curie was nominated because of her scientific discoveries, but she’s also recognized because of her female empowerment.
Look at all these discoveries
Curie discovered two new elements — radium and polonium. She also coined the term “radioactivity,” and developed a portable x-ray machine to treat soldiers during World War I. Those are some immense achievements, but it doesn’t even begin to describe her.
Curie won her first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903. When she won her second Nobel Prize in 1911, this time for her achievements in chemistry. She became the first person to win the prize twice. In fact, she became the first person, man or woman, to receive two Nobel Prizes for two different sciences — and she holds the title to this day.
Going against the odds
With a career like this, who would argue that Curie wasn’t an influential woman? The odds were often stacked against her as a foreigner and she faced much discrimination as a female scientist, but she never gave up on her goals.
To this day, Marie Curie is remembered for her scientific achievement, but also for using her intelligence to empower fellow female scientists. Many women became scientists because of her, so it’s no surprise she’s being recognized nearly a hundred years after her work. women