Honoring women- WQW # 9

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?’

Marie Curie. (Getty Images)

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.

Wangari Maathai.(Photo by Wendy Stone/Corbis via Getty Images)

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



67 thoughts on “Honoring women- WQW # 9

  1. Sadje, every time I read something you wrote I’m inspired. I’m so sorry you lost your mother. The line “A very loving mother in law who wiped clean the feeling of deprivation,” speaks to both hers and your greatness. She loved and you had the ability to accept, apply, and appreciate that love. You also chose two amazing and strong historic women to honor. Madame Curie was so amazing, and I think her daughter became a scientist as well. Wangarĩ Maathai I have never heard of until now. Thank you for writing this wonderful post.

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    1. Thank you so much Marsha. My mother in law became a mother I never had. She indeed was an amazing woman. I discovered Ms Maathai while reading up on influential women and her achievements were inspiring. Thanks for hosting and selecting an inspiring topic.

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      1. I’m so glad you liked it. It is important that at least we as women recognize the contributions of other women. It took me many years before I did, so I’m happy to pass it on, now.

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  2. Sadje this is a wonderful tribute to women. I did not know of Maathai. Thank you for sharing about her. I am proud to know and have taught about Madame Curie.
    You did a great job expressing gratitude for the women in your life. I am confident they treasure you also.

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    1. Thanks a lot Lauren. I learned about Ms Maathai for the first time too. Imagine being the first PHD in your region! Amazing. Thanks for your kind words. 💖❤️💜

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  3. Women are indeed changing the world positively, and that’s something worth noticing. I laud Ms Curie for her several contributions to science and particularly this invention on radioactivity; what an amazing feat and a great woman of her time. Thanks too for mention our own Wangarī Maathai. I laud her efforts and contributions towards peace and the green world. She still leaves in the heart of every Kenya. And her impact on our society and environment can still be felt far and near. Hail hail hail to all women.

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    1. Indeed, the women can never be honored enough as they are behind every success of every member of their families. It was wonderful to read about Ms Maathai. What a remarkable and committed woman. I’m sure you all are very proud of her.

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      1. Indeed!! Yes, we Kenyans are proud of Ms Maathai. Several roads and streets have been named after her. And every year, schools plant trees in her honour. She’s mentioned every Mashujaa (Heroes and heroines) Day celebration and the flag flown in her honour along with other fallen heroes and heroines. She is also read about in every history book in our curriculum. Sure, she lives in our hearts.

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  4. When Marie Curie was young, she lived in Poland where it was so cold in winters that the water in her washbasin froze, and she had to put on all her clothes at night in order to sleep. Marie dedicated her life to discovery and innovation and learning all about radium and radioactivity, and applying its properties to healing.

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  5. One thing I love about these prompts is it often causes me to dig deeper and become more enlightened and educated. Thank you for sharing that story.

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