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Women in STEM Who Made History

Updated: Mar 4, 2022

At ZooLab, we like to work with teachers to challenge gender stereotypes and ignite a love for science in all pupils! However, 40% of teachers believe STEM gender biases are already ingrained in pupils by the end of primary school (Accenture, 2018).

We have always found it imperative to ensure that women and girls have equal opportunities and encouragement to participate in STEM subjects. Showcasing the positive impact a strong female presence can bring to any STEM field is a staple of our brand. Below are just a few women who have broken boundaries and made history in their STEM careers.

Marie Curie

We bet you have heard about Marie Curie but did you know that she was:

  • the first woman to win a Nobel Prize

  • the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two scientific fields

  • the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris.

In her native Warsaw, girls were still not allowed to go to university, so Marie Curie studied physics and mathematics at the University of Paris and got her doctorate in 1903! She made her first discovery of radium with her husband and coined the term radioactivity to describe the heat and light emitted. In 1903, they jointly won the Noble Prize in Physics. Further research found that radioactivity could damage cancer cells, paving the way for modern treatment! In 1911, Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "in recognition of her services to the advancement of chemistry by the discovery of the elements radium and polonium, by the isolation of radium and the study of the nature and compounds of this remarkable element." (Nobel Prize, ND).

Beatrice Shilling