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Strong women inspire me: Marie Curie

Some time ago I wrote a post about Frida Kahlo. There I explain that I like to honor strong and relevant women in history by choosing their names for my designs. It seems to me an act of sorority and connection with the female gender.

In those days, I was just going to take out my Frida model, which has accompanied so many Mimètik Brides since then.
I recently released a new bridal collection, so another model joined Mimètik. When I was in the design phase, I began to wonder what name I could give that dress. It was something simple and more sober than my other models, and super elegant at the same time. Then I began to think about fields in which women were most undervalued, and although this is sadly still prevalent today in most disciplines, I think that women scientists are the most unknown. And there I was clear: my new dress would be called Marie in honor of Marie Curie, a pioneer and unique scientist in her time.

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Marie Curie was born as Maria Skłodowska in a day like today in 1867 in Poland, during the Russian occupation, and had to go to study in France, because in her country women were not allowed to reach certain levels of education. That never made her forget her roots, she always knew where she came from and her culture was always very present in her family. She was a woman driven by the desire to know more, and to discover what others believed impossible. Motivated from the first moment by her desire to learn, she did not let any injustice slow her brilliant career as a scientist. It is precisely her tenacity that I like most about her. She didn’t let anyone decide for her for the simple fact of being a woman. She took the reins of her destiny, both personal and professional, throughout her life.

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Marie Curie was a true pioneer in her field. She fought to carve a future and be able to study being a woman. In fact, she managed to enter the Sorbonne University and graduated in Physics as the first of her promotion and in Mathematics as the second. Some time later, she received the Nobel Prize in Physics along with her husband and another great scientist, thus becoming the first woman in history to get it. But Marie’s milestones did not end there, because she was also named the first woman Professor at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Marie did not take her curiosity for granted, and continued to investigate, until she discovered that radiotherapy could be a cancer treatment. So only 5 years after winning his Nobel Prize in Physics, Marie won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, this time alone. This is how Marie became not only the first woman to win two of these prestigious awards, but also the first person in history to achieve it. Currently, more than 100 years later, only 3 more people have achieved this recognition.

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Marie Curie was a totally inspiring person, focused on her work and her struggle for self-recognition, without unfair interference from retrograde ideologies. In her conversations and explanations, she left some really motivating phrases. I would like nothing more than to encourage today’s girls to become future researchers like Marie if that’s what they dream about.

“You don’t have to fear anything in life, you just have to understand.”

“Life does not deserve to worry so much.”

“We should be less curious about people and more about ideas.”

“Science is made by people, wherever, in an attic, when they have the research genius, and not the laboratories, no matter how rich they are built and gifted.”

And finally, one of her reflections that has reached my soul the most:

“Life is not easy for any of us. But… What does it matter! You have to persevere and, above all, have confidence in yourself. You have to feel gifted to do something and that thing must be achieved, whatever the cost.”

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I hope that the story of this curious and innovative woman has been as interesting and inspiring as for me.



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2 thoughts on “Strong women inspire me: Marie Curie”

  1. teresa hartley

    Her daughter Irene also won a Nobel prize for Chemistry. An incredible family. Great article.

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