Marie Skłodowska Curie was born one 7 November 1867, 150 years ago. She is, probably, the most known woman in science. She is the only one that many people can identify and remember, the only one who won two Noble prizes: one in Physics (in 1903, for the discoveries on radioactivity) and one in Chemistry (in 1911, for the discovery of radium), and the first and only woman (for many years) who participated at the Solvay Conferences (the most famous one in1927, in the picture).
How is the women in science world, 150 years after she was born? How is women in science in our surroundings, and at ICMAB?
There are definetely women missing in science; just look at the 0 Nobel Prizes awarded this year to women. Work still has to be done to promote their presence in science, especially where there are lacking the most: in some specific disciplines, and ocupping high positions. This is just a space to think about it for a moment, and encourage people to look for information on the topic.
At ICMAB we promote equal opportunities for men and women and boost women’s advancement in scientific careers. With this in mind, we carry out multiple initiatives to give visibility to our female scientists:
Apart from Marie Skłodowska Curie, this is a good moment to think about all the other great women in science. Read some more information on the following links:
Happy 150 birthday, Marie!