Marie Curie: Defying Norms, Revolutionizing Science, and Empowering Women

Marie Curie: Defying Norms, Revolutionizing Science, and Empowering Women

Customs and traditions have always degraded the value of women and rejected their participation in society. These ideas make them a symbol of weakness and ignorance, and those reactionary traditions have entrenched some misconceptions that women are less valuable than men and less intelligent. However, some women came to the world to change all these reactionary ideas and prove that they are like men and not less intelligent than them. Among these genius women is Marie Curie.

Marie Curie is the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, and the only one to win two Nobel Prizes for science in two different fields. Marie Curie contributed greatly to the field of medicine. She was able to change scientists' understanding of radioactivity, which helped to discover a cure for cancer, after conducting studies that are the first of their kind to treat tumors using radioactive isotopes.

Marie Curie did not only bring about a radical change in the field of medicine and physics, but also made a real change to the reactionary ideas that say that women do not care about developing their mind, but all they care about is beauty and fashion. However, Marie proved that women have a mind and vision. It is said that she is the first to innovate the one-piece fashion because she was known for one black uniform that she always wears, as she said, "If you want to give me a uniform, it should be practical and dark so that I can wear it to go to the laboratory."

Maria Sklodowska (later known as Marie Curie after her marriage) was born on November 7, 1867 in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. She is the youngest daughter among 5 children: Zosia, Joseph, Brunia, and Hela. Her mother, Bronislava, died of tuberculosis when Marie was10, so she was forced to work as a nanny at home to support her family.

Marie’s father worked in teaching physics and mathematics, and this had a great impact on her life, which contributed to her early brilliance and excellence in secondary school. Her inquisitive nature and her love for science helped her to gain a great experience in the field of science, although it was not common for women to enter that field at the time. Mary proved that women can outperform men in many cases and in fields that were only limited to men.

Marie married the French physicist, Pierre Curie, in 1897; she met him when she needed a laboratory to complete her work after her graduation. When they worked together, they discovered the great intellectual compatibility between them in the field of physics and chemistry, so they decided to marry.

She studied in local schools in Poland, and received scientific training from her father, then she became involved in a student revolutionary organization. Despite her excellence in her secondary stage, she was unable to enter the University of Warsaw because it was for males only. However, she insisted on reaching her goal and dream, so she decided to complete her education by joining an unofficial secret university in the city called "Floating University".

Marie Curie is the first person to win the Nobel Prize twice, and the first woman to win that award in general, for her research on radioactivity and its role in treating cancer, as well as developing the uses of X-rays in surgery. After more than a hundred years, she was voted as the most important woman in the world, in a historical survey for BBC History Magazine, about the most important women who changed the world.

Marie Curie is considered a symbol of the intelligent pioneering woman who insisted, despite all the consequences she faced as a woman, to join the universality with her majestic experiences and discoveries to make the world look at her with pride, and to become a source of inspiration for all women in the world.