Name: Marie Sklodowska-Curie (Born Maria Salomea Sklodowska)
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.
Name: Indira Bajramovic
Why she rocks: Indira is a Rroma politician who raises awareness of violence against Rroma women, oversees legal persecution of abusers and heads the organization Youth at Risk which works to help and protect Rroma youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.
Quote: “Keep on learning, because the more you know, the more you can help others.”
Because of this woman: More Rroma women are becoming involved in politics and representing their people, the world is learning about the problems faced by Rroma women and youth and abuse against them is pursued more by the law.
Links: http://www.youthatrisk.eu/ - her organization