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Day 17

#BeSmarterThanTheVirus


Day 17

Pierre Curie was a brilliant French physicist. He was introduced to Marie Skłodowska, a Polish scientist who was looking for laboratory space to work with. They shared a mutual passion for science, and soon Pierre Curie developed feelings for her, and he proposed marriage to her. She refused initially, since she wished to return to her native country Poland to work in her chosen branch of science. However, she was denied a place at Kraków University in Poland because she was a woman. Pierre persuaded her to return to Paris, and eventually they were married.

Meet Madame Marie Curie, or Maria Sklodowska: The first woman to win a Nobel Prize, The first person and the only woman to win the Nobel Prize twice, The only person to win the Nobel Prize in two different scientific fields.

Women in science have never had it easy.

Women have never had it easy.

This post is a tribute to all those women in science and women at the frontline, the Nurses, Doctors, Laboratory professionals, Healthcare workers and administrators, Policy makers, law enforcers and everyone out there continuing to push our planet along its trajectory in the face of resistance from the disease.

This post is a tribute to all those women who as homemakers who continue to keep the houses going, silently, while they remain unsung and underappreciated in their roles.

It has been a difficult two weeks for humanity, and we have a few more days to months to sort this out. All of us, working together, must come up with our best to endure, and prepare ourselves for the new normal.

This must become a time of cultural awakening, and an age where we must promise every one of us on this planet an opportunity to live to the best of our potential.

And an age where the voice of reason, and the voice of science and intelligence will be heard for the betterment of society.

To end with a quote by Madame Curie, “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained”.


Stay safe, stay healthy! A salute to all the wonderful people out there,

Cheers Mahesh

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