International Day of Women and Girls in Science

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Monday was International Day of Women and Girls in Science! To celebrate, the STEM Center would like to highlight a couple amazing scientists who just happen to also be women.

Marie Curie was a famous physicist and chemist who discovered radioactivity. This work won her a Nobel Prize in 1903: the first Noble Prize awarded to a woman. Curie also won a Nobel Prize later in her life for her discovery of two elements, polonium and radium. She remains the only woman who has ever won two Noble Prizes. Some of her important discoveries include the use of radium gas as a cancer treatment, and the creation of x-ray trucks that were used during World War I.

Jane Goodall is a primatologist and anthropologist most known for her research examining social and family interactions among chimpanzees. Through her work in Africa where she lived with chimpanzees, Jane helped change our understanding about our closest relative in the animal kingdom. She is also an environmental conversation activist and a member of the United Nations.

If you are interested in learning more about the great contributions that women have made to our understanding of science, we recommend this great book: Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky. We currently have this book on our Amazon Wish List! So this week, thank a great scientist in your life for her contributions to the pursuit of understanding how the world works!

Featured images credited to Curie-public domain from Wikipedia and Goodall-Erik (HASH) Hersman for Orlando of Goodall at 2007 TEDGlobal. Images combined by author of post.