Curie for Chemistry

“A woman of courage, conviction and yes, contradictions…”    — Julie Des Jardin

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Madame Curie (1867-1934) won the Nobel Prize twice. She was awarded half of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903 with her husband and the second in 1911.  Against all the odds, including traveling from Poland to Paris to get education, she earned a PhD in physics, and Professors declared that her dissertation was the greatest single contribution to science ever written.


Julie Des Jardins, the author “The Passion of Madame Curie” (the Smithsonian 2011 October issue), told a story; when Curie was married in 1895 to Pierre Curie, a physicist, she donned a blue cotton dress that was practical enough to wear in the lab after the ceremony. And, her lab was in a dilapidated shed with broken windows and poor ventilation. Irene, her daughter, was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1935.

As a mother, grandmother, or aunt, we need to guide and encourage our young girls at their very early age to help them grow their intelligence, also to support them to overcome distractions from outside, such as the high desire for the perfection in their appearance for example. Actually, fathers have a greater role to play.


Here are two moving stories posted by Cristina Diana:  

Another woman who stood up to the rough customs of her time

The first woman to receive a Doctorate Degree, pure inspiration

Perhaps, you want to read these stories with your daughter(s) or your granddaughter(s).

Thanks to Frizz for hosting the A-Z Story Challenges! Thank you so much for visiting 🙂

Note: Opalla suggested “Curie for Chemistry” for the C Challenge. Love it! Thank you, Opalla!

27 thoughts on “Curie for Chemistry

  1. brilliant article amy, i really appreciate it! she was a tremendous example for women and i agree we must continually encourage our young women to achieve all they wish to, rather than taking a back seat to the men 🙂


    • Thank you so much for your inspiring words, Christine! Young girls need to learn to build their identity in their early age. I always tell young girls how smart they are rather then how pretty they are.
      Have a great day 🙂


  2. Excellent for CCC challenge by Frizz. We learned about Madame Curie in grade school but then she seemed to disappear. Hmmm. Really important to know about and I will share with my granddaughter Anna.


    • I agree, it’s important for women to recognize the achievement as Madame Curie did, so young women can have a role model. Thank you so much for reading it, Ruth!


    • I always admire young women who strive for intellectual achievements! The distractions are high, they need so much support from parents. Congratulations to you!


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