A woman who shaped the world

This month I am taking part in BlogHer’s monthly writing challenge. The theme this month is News.

Prompt – Who do you immediately think of when you think about women who have shaped the world. Who do you immediately think of when you think about women (past or present) who bring about change?

Marie Curie, was a physicist and chemist who researched radioactive elements, and discovered how to use their properties to produce X-Rays vital to the health of soldiers during World War I. She worked with her husband,  she was the first woman to be nominated for the Nobel peace prize for Chemistry, previously sharing the award for Physics with her husband. She had dealt with the limiting views of the time that did not seek to recognise to her contributions to science but attempted  to attribute all the research she had undertaken to her husband only. In the end she was recognised but died due to the effects of the radioactive elements she studied.

I have a strong memory of reading about her life when I was at high school, she was so engrossed in her school work as a child she hadn’t noticed when her siblings had piled chairs up high all around her.

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