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Marie Sklodowska-Curie

Back in the 19th century, many thought women were born to stay home and take care of the kids. Marie Sklodowska-Curie, a Polish, French-naturalized scientist, proved them wrong.

She simply became the first in many Nobel Prize rankings: first woman to win a Nobel Prize, first person and only woman to win twice, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences. Such a track record could have only been possible with a "Can do" attitude.

She was not afraid of tackling complex problems, and once said:

I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift or easy

Her focus on "understanding more” to “fearless" empowered her to deliver great work and change the world. Her discovery of radioactive elements like radium still influences our lives today, for example, by pioneering X-ray machines and enabling major advances in cancer treatment. Her success also well illustrates the power of team collaboration: her first Nobel Prize was shared with her husband Pierre and their friend, physicist Henri Becquerel. As a French woman who studied engineering, I have always been impressed by Marie’s track record. She showed us that scientific disciplines were not only reserved for men, and, with right approach and mindset, everything is possible. Her accomplishments, moral and dedication has been and will continue to be inspirational for many - women and men.