Friday, 11 November 2016

Marie Curie Named The Most Inspirational Woman Of All Time

Marie Curie, the Polish physicist and chemist, known for her pioneering research on radioactivity, was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person to win two Nobel Prizes.

Florence Nightingale, one of the founders of modern nursing as well as a keen statistician, was voted into second place, in a poll of 2,000 people.

Anne Frank who kept a diary of her life during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II came third, ahead of Emmeline Pankhurst, Queen Elizabeth II and J K Rowling.

The survey was conducted by Your Life, the campaign to encourage more teenagers to study Maths and Physics post 16.

Your Life campaign chair Edwina Dunn said: "Marie Curie and Florence Nightingale deserve this accolade of being named the most inspirational women of all time. They are two brilliant icons whose determination, intelligence and altruism, led incredible scientific advances that changed the world. We want a new generation to be inspired to follow in their footsteps."

Margaret Thatcher was the highest-ranking Politician at ninth, whilst current Prime Minister Theresa May came 20th. Dame Kelly Holmes, Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE and Serena Williams were voted the most inspirational female athletes.

Seven in 10 said the success and prominence of high profile figures like Angela Merkel, Theresa May and Michelle Obama made them feel top political jobs were now more open to women.

But over half of those surveyed still think there are many career fields still not open to women.

Engineering, business, politics, law and computer science were cited as the top five career fields more open to females now than ever before.

Honesty was voted the most inspirational personal quality, followed by determination, empathy and then kindness. However kindness, empathy and honesty were also voted the top three signs of professional weakness. Dunn has called this 'the Alan Sugar effect'.

Dunn continued: "Positive role models with inspirational qualities make the most profound difference in shifting perceptions of jobs and professions. We want more girls to consider a career in the sciences and be the role models and change makers of tomorrow."

50 Most Inspirational Women
Marie Curie
Florence Nightingale
Anne Frank
Emmeline Pankhurst
Queen Elizabeth II
J K Rowling
Mother Theresa
Princess Diana
Margaret Thatcher
Jessica Ennis-Hill
Amelia Earhart
Joan of Arc
Judi Dench
Jane Austen
Michelle Obama
Queen Elizabeth I
Marie Stopes
Indira Gandhi
Rosa Parks
Theresa May
Kelly Holmes
Aung San Suu Kyi
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge
Oprah Winfrey
Ada Lovelace
Dawn French
Emma Watson
Serena Williams
Angelina Jolie
Hillary Clinton
Mary Berry
Billie Jean King
Aretha Franklin
Benazir Bhutto
Karen Brady
Malala Yousafzai
Mary Quant
Maya Angelou
Marilyn Monroe
Katharine Hepburn
Billie Holiday
Debbie Harry
Venus Williams
Carole King
Bette Davis
Nigella Lawson

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