March is women’s history month. I’m saddened that in all the years of our existence on this planet one half of our population was relegated to only domestic tasks. While that is important work, I wonder how much more advanced our civilization would be if women weren’t restricted by religion and culture. Imagine the discoveries we could have made had we doubled the pool of available discoverers. It wasn’t until the 1900’s that a woman was recognized for scientific achievement.
Marie Curie was born in Poland in 1867. She later emigrated to France and began her scientific studies. In 1903 she was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel prize. She won the physics category for her work with radiation (she coined the term radioactivity). In 1911 she made history again, winning the Nobel price in chemistry for the discovery of radium and polonium. She is the only woman to win two Nobel prizes and the only person to win a Nobel prize in two different fields. She was known to carry test tubes of radium in her lab coat wherever she went. She died of complications from radiation in 1934.
In honor of Women’s History month I’m also including a track from Audrey, a Swedish four piece post rock band. Audrey is:
Victoria Skoglund (Guitars, Vocals)
Anna Tomlin (Drums, Vocals)
Emelie Molin (Cello, Keyboards, Vocals)
Rebecka Kristiansson (Bass, Vocals)