Black History Month

In honor of black history month, I will be primarily posting about important black female figures in history, past or present. She could be an activist, an artist, a writer, or just an every day hero. If you can think of anyone that you’d love to see mentioned, feel free to submit a post!

Just be sure to include:

Dates (Birth - death or present if she’s still alive)
Why she rocks (short bio)
Because of this woman… (insert reason why she matters in history!)

Thanks everyone,

BotW is BACK (for real)

Hello my sisters and brothers! It’s been a while, I hope you haven’t forgotten about me, but Because of This Woman is officially back!

I took a break for a while to focus on my impending graduation, career goals, and day to day life struggles. Since entering “the real world” (at least that’s what people call it when you graduate college… still doesn’t feel real) I’ve realized how different the world is from the liberal arts bubble that I was so accustomed to. I moved to a large city with so many different types of people, and yet I am surrounded by coworkers and neighbors who don’t look outside the lens of their own experience. I realized more than ever that this world needs to hear women’s stories. In 2013 so much excellent progress was made in terms of feminism, but now we have to go deeper and we have to leap farther. The best way, I think, that we can make progress in this world is to stand on the shoulders of our sisters before us, who changed the world through their voice, their actions, their written word, and through their very being.

So keep your eyes peeled for a little bit of a history lesson and a whole lot of love on your dashboard. =)

Marie Skłodowska-Curie

Name: Marie Sklodowska-Curie (Born Maria Salomea Sklodowska)

Dates: 1867-1934

Why She Rocks: Known for her pioneering research in the fields of physics and chemistry, Sklodowska-Curie, along with her husband Pierre Curie and and fellow physicist Antoine Henri Becquerel, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 for their discovery of radioactivity. With this win Sklodowska-Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel. Sklodowska-Curie would win her second Nobel in 1911 (this time in Chemistry) for the discovery of the elements Polonium (Po, 84) and Radium (Ra, 88). She is the   only woman to have ever received two Nobel Prizes and is the only person to receive two Nobel prizes in different sciences. Along with her contributions to science, Sklodowska-Curie was a strong advocate for Polish Independence, becoming a member of the Committee for a Free Poland during World War I and naming Polonium after the Latin name for her homeland, Polonia.

Quote:  ”Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”

Because of this Woman: Her discoveries shook, changed and simplified the fields of science. Radioactivity lead multiple finds and studies, ranging from determining the exact age of the Earth to the creation of X-Rays, just to name a few. Also, by overcoming societal barriers that barred women from the scientific field, Sklodowska-Curie not only showed her determination and dedication, but paved the way for future women entering the STEM field by being a role model that the words “amazing” can only begin to describe.