9 Extraordinary Women Who Have Won a Nobel Prize
Let’s honor 9 remarkable women who have won the Nobel Prize.
- Malala became yo the youngest Nobel Laureate ever at the age of 17 in 2004. She has dedicated her life to fighting for girls’ educational rights.
- Marie Currie: She received the Nobel prize in physics along with her husband in 1903. She also received a second Nobel prize, for chemistry in 1911 for her work in Radioactivity. Currie was the first person to receive two Nobel Prizes and still the only woman to win in more than one field.
- Nadia Murad: In 2018 the Iraqi human rights activist received the Nobel Prize. She was recognized for her efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon in warfare.
- Elinor Ostrom: She received the Nobel prize in Economics in 2009 and became the first woman to win the prize in that field. The college professor was recognized for an analysis for promoting economic and social progress.
- Toni Morrison: Morrison became the first black American in History to win a Nobel Prize in 1993. The author won the prize in Literature for her novels that explain the black American experience.
- Wangari Muta Maathai: She was a political activist from Kenya that became the Nobel peace prize laureate in 2004. She was the first African woman to win this prize. Maathai founded the green belt movement in 1977, an organization that focused on environmental conservation.
- Dorothy Hodgkin: Hodgkin worked on mapping of the molecular structure of vitamin B12 and won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1964. Future prime minister Margaret Thatcher was her student at Oxford University in the 1940s.
- Rigoberta Menchu: In 1992 Menchu was awarded the Nobel Prize for her social justice work. The activists advocated for the rights of indigenous people in Guatemala.
- Jane Addams: The activists won the Nobel peace prize in 1931. she co-founded the full house, a settlement that offered services to immigrants and the Poor in Chicago. She dedicated her life to social reform and also in 1907 published a collection of her lectures on pacifism.