10 of the Most Powerful Women in History

Marie Curie
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Marie Curie

One of the first world-renowned scientists, Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in two different scientific fields: one for radioactivity research and the second for chemistry. Later, Marie Curie helped create the first X-ray technology.

Her achievements include the development of the theory of radioactivity, techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of two elements, polonium (named after her native land of Poland), and radium. Under her direction, the world’s first studies were conducted into the treatment of neoplasms using radioactive isotopes.

Additionally, she was the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.

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3 thoughts on “10 of the Most Powerful Women in History”

  1. On the basis of Lincoln calling her “the little lady who started the big war” and because “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was a worldwide bestseller that sold more copies world wide in English and in translations, I would also include Harriet Beecher Stowe. And because Hanna Arendt included her in her book “Men in Dark Times,” I would also include Rosa Luxemberg. And what about Florence Nightingale and Margaret Sanger?

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