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A Few 'Nobel' Women

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, October 29, 2012
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Bangalore: Earlier this month, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union (EU) for its contributions to the advancement of peace and reconciliation provided in the European Continent. The Nobel prizes were also awarded to a host of esteemed and intelligent individuals in other professional categories that include: physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and economic sciences.

However, this year witnessed the absence of a particular group of people winning the much esteemed award – Women. Throughout the history of the Nobel Prize award ceremony, only 43 women among a total of 862 people and organizations have succeeded in attaining the prestigious award; as reported by Heather R. Huhman, via forbes.com.

A recent article in NPR noted quite a few reasons to why it can be not- so- easy for women to pave their way into the Nobel prize Hall of Fame. It also highlights the lack of women’s privileges that have an impact on what women could otherwise, potentially attain in the professional categories, such as the sciences.Nevertheless, there are some noteworthy women who have had the honor of achieving a Noble Prize.

Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Tawakkol Karman winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, 2011
Their struggle for the safety of women and fight in order to gain women’s rights with full participation in peace-building work-  led to the three deserving women to win the award last year. Sirleaf and Gbowee are both natives of Liberia. Sirleaf happens to be Africa’s first democratically elected woman president. Karman has been persistent in the struggle for  women’s rights in Yemen.

Marie Curie winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, 1903 & Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1911
Curie happens to be the only woman to win a Nobel Prize twice. In 1903, she won the Nobe Prize in Physics in recognition of her joint research on the radiation phenomena being initially discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel. In 1911, she took home her second, Nobel Prize, this time for her contribution to Chemistry. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded in recognition of her discovery of the elements: radium and polonium.

Mother Teresa winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1979
Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 in recognition for her humanitarian work with the underprivileged as the leader of Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta. Her human rights efforts are appreciated worldwide, even after her demise. The Missionaries of Charity still function today in a number of countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America, undertaking relief work in the aftermath of natural catastrophes.

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