Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
Marie Curie (1867–1934), the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize
About: Polish scientist Marie Curie is, to date, the only person to have won two Nobel prizes in two different fields. The first, awarded in 1903 for Curie’s pioneering research on radioactivity (a word she also invented), made her the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize. Her second, for chemistry, was issued in 1911. She is arguably one of the most well-known scientists in the world – and came top in a 2018 poll conducted by BBC History Magazineasking ‘Which woman has had the biggest impact on world history?’
Being a student of science, I came to know of Ms Curie in grade 6. She was an inspiration for me and millions of girls worldwide, in many generations that came after her. What a remarkable and dedicated woman!
Human rights are not things that are put on the table for people to enjoy. These are things you fight for and then you protect.”
Wangarĩ Maathai (1940–2011), Kenyan political activist and environmental campaigner
About: Wangarĩ Maathai was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her “contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”, making her the first African woman to win the prestigious award. No stranger to historic ‘firsts’, Maathai was also the first woman from East and Central Africa to graduate with a doctorate. She is particularly known for founding the Green Belt Movement, which campaigns for the planting of trees, environmental conversation and women’s rights.
As Marsha suggested, I came across Wangarĩ Maathai when I was researching this post. I am thoroughly impressed by her contributions towards environmental protection, awareness, and sustainable development. This a story of courage and perseverance!
Women in my life- My heroes
Where would I be without the woman who birthed me- my mom
My paternal grandma who took on the responsibility of raising me when my mom passed away
My kind and generous teachers who nurtured my enquiring mind
Groomed my wayward tomboyish ways into a semblance of elegance
My professors who taught me the knowledge of human body and how it works
And also the etiquettes of good conduct and deportment
A very loving mother in law who wiped clean the feeling of deprivation
Intelligent and bright daughters who are full of kindness
And last but not the least the little granddaughter
Who brightens my life with her “I love you nano!”
Written for: WQW #9 – Women in History, hosted by Marsha