Celebrate These Honorable Women Who Have Taken Home The Nobel Prize

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On December 10, 1901, the first Nobel Prizes were presented, so today we honor the anniversary of the awards and those who have been presented with one.

The Nobel Awards are labeled as the most prestigious honor in the world in various fields such as chemistry, physics, literature, peace, medicine and economics. Only approximately 900 people have been awarded since 1901 with the United States as the leading country with Nobels because of immigration.

Here’s the real kicker though, Out of the 900 individuals awarded the prize, only 48 of them have been women and there have been large gaps between winnings. For example. the last female physicist to be awarded a Nobel Prize was Maria Goeppert Mayer in 1964. This illustrates the extreme biases against women within the field of sciences.

have highlighted four notable female prize winners and hopefully we can change the stigma about female academias.


Marie Curie

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Marie Curry was the first women to win a prize from her discovery of radioactivity. She conducted many experiments on substances and minerals while discovering two additional elements in the process, polonium and radium.


Gertrude B. Elion

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Gertrude B. Elion watched her grandfather die of caner and from that point forward, she decided to dedicate her life to research on the deadly disease. Drugs were mostly natural before Elion  as she created a method that produces drugs based on the knowledge of biochemistry.


Malala Yousafzai

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Malala Yousafzai is only 20 years old and has already won the Nobel Peace Prize. Beginning at 11 years old, Yousafzai fought for young girls’ right to education. After blogging about her time during the Taliban influence over Pakistan for BBC, someone attempted to assassinate her in 2012, but she survived and continues to work for women’s rights.


Toni Morrison

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Toni won the prize for literature after her works revolving around African American history. She depicts the darker side of humanity, but her work is extremely insightful, understanding and empathetic towards her characters.

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