8 March

For various post themes in 2013, I acknowledged three remarkable women. Coincidentally, their great contributions are spread in three different fields–Madame Curie in the sciences, Ping Fu in computer technology, and Malala Yousafzai in education and they are from different generations and continents.

Marie Curie (1867 – 1934) was born in Poland. She studied at Warsaw’s clandestine Floating University. In 1891, aged 24, she went to study in Paris, where she earned her higher degrees and conducted her subsequent scientific work.


Marie Curie:

  • Earned a PhD in physics, and her professors declared that her dissertation was the greatest single contribution to science ever written (http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/themes/physics/curie/).
  • Shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with her husband Pierre Curie
  • Won the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Ping Fu (1958- ) was born in China. When Ping came to U.S. in 1984, she was 25 years old, had only $80 in her wallet, and spoke only three words (hello, thank you, and help) in English. Two decades later…

Ping-Fu Image

  • In 2005, Inc. magazine named her the “Entrepreneur of the Year”.
  • In 2010, she received the “Leadership Award” from the CAD Society.
  • In 2011, she was given a “Lifetime Achievement” award by the Triangle Business Journal.
  • In 2012, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services named Fu as an “Outstanding American by Choice”.
  • Serves as a member of the President National Advisory Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (appointed by President Obama).
  • By 2012, she has received 38 awards.
  • In February, 2013, she sold her Geomagic Company for $55 million.

Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997.  “People have prayed to God to spare me, and I was spared for a reason — to use my life for helping people” quote from ” I Am Malala.”

Listen to Malala speech at The UN Assembly

Malala year in highlights (2013): 


In a previous post, I mentioned that in the free world where millions of young girls have become obsessed with fashion and beauty (with their parents’ help), 17 year old Malala Yousafzai is determined to change the world through education. What does this tell us?

Next time, when you want to tell a young girl how pretty she is, also tell her how smart she is.

Visit the 8  International Women’s Day 8 March…

48 thoughts on “8 March

  1. Incredible women all of them, but when I saw Malala on TV and she was interviewed here in Sweden – I cried all the time. So strong, so determined, so filled with confidence and believing in her mission. A brave, remarkable and admirable young woman. Very intelligent and very much a role model for many. Thank you for posting!


  2. I love the message you end your post with. So often girls believe their intelligence to be unimportant. And yet intelligent women have brought so much to our world.


    • I’m so flattered and touched by your words, Jo! I’m in tears whenever I read these women’s struggles, determinations, and achievements… Thank you for letting me share the stories.


  3. I know of Malala and Marie Curie, but I’m so glad to be introduced to Ping Fu. What a remarkable success and obviously an incredibly strong and resilient woman. All three are excellent for International Women’s Day.


    • Ping wrote a book about her journey — Bend, not Break. It got some criticism regarding the part of the accuracy information she provided (she was only 8 yrs old). Despite that, the book tells her long journey. Well worth a read.


  4. Congrats Amy ! You have so thoughtfully marked the International Women’s Day ! Remarkable references to all three,but I was particularly moved by Malala and her speech 🙂


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