In a previous post about progress made by female leaders and the work still needed to be done, I referenced Marie Curie, who in 1903 became the first woman to ever win a Nobel Prize.
Since Ms. Curie’s historic victory, 57 other women have won a Nobel Prize compared to 876 men who have received the award through 2020, as Newsweek notes in the article below. This year, not a single woman won a Nobel Prize, which only widened the gap between male and female recipients.
This brings me back to the point I raised in my earlier post — progress has been made, but there is still a long ways to go. Marie Curie should be celebrated for her groundbreaking achievement, as should every other award winner, man or woman. At the same time, it’s fair to question why this gap has been so wide and what can be done to narrow it.
These are the types of conversations I want to be having with women in mobility, HR and other industries. While we might not all be trying to win Nobel Prizes, we should always be trying to level the playing fields in whatever areas we’re in and raising up strong female leaders.
That’s what we’re aiming to do in the Making HERstory LinkedIn group, as well as the HERstory LIVE events. You can catch a recording of the most recent HERstory LIVE, which featured a candid discussion about the impact of breast cancer, here.
Our next HERstory LIVE event will be “unplugged” from the International Association of Movers Annual Meeting & Expo on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. Central. We look forward to continuing these important conversations and hope to have you join us!
Of the 609 Nobel awards granted to laureates over the past 120 years, only 58 women have received prizes ... With regards to Nobels in physics, chemistry and medicine, there have been 631 winners (many of them in groups), and of these only 23 have been women. Since 1901, four women have claimed the prize in physics out of 219 winners, seven have taken the prize in chemistry out of 188 winners, while 12 women have been recognized in the field of medicine out of 224 winners in that category. The Nobel Prize for economics has the fewest female laureates in the science categories. Of the 89 winners of this prize only two have been women.