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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

"We've chosen the path to equality, don't let them turn us around."

Women account for 49.24% of our global population so I was appalled to read recently that of the 776 (758 people and 18 organisations) Nobel Prizes awarded only 33 recipients have been women - this is a measly 4.25%. So as today is International Women's Day I've posted the full list of female awardees:

List of Women Laureates:
1903, Marie Curie
1963, Maria Goeppert-Mayer

1911, Marie Curie
1935, Irène Joliot-Curie
1964, Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin

Physiology or Medicine
1947, Gerty Cori
1977, Rosalyn Yalow
1983, Barbara McClintock
1986, Rita Levi-Montalcini
1988, Gertrude B. Elion
1995, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard
2004, Linda B. Buck

1909, Selma Lagerlöf
1926, Grazia Deledda
1928, Sigrid Undset
1938, Pearl Buck
1945, Gabriela Mistral
1966, Nelly Sachs
1991, Nadine Gordimer
1993, Toni Morrison
1996, Wislawa Szymborska
2004, Elfriede Jelinek

1905, Bertha von Suttner
1931, Jane Addams
1946, Emily Greene Balch
1976, Betty Williams
1976, Mairead Corrigan
1979, Mother Teresa
1982, Alva Myrdal
1991, Aung San Suu Kyi
1992, Rigoberta Menchú Tum
1997, Jody Williams
2003, Shirin Ebadi
2004, Wangari Maathai

Let's hope that as the 21st century progresses this list gets longer and longer.

"Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade."
(First Black Woman in the U.S. to become a Federal Judge)


  • At 10:40 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…


  • At 11:12 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Hmmm - you'd think that there would have been a few more female winners than this. Guess it really is a man's world :(

  • At 3:39 am, Anonymous antonia said…

    Glad you posted this, as you say it really isn't good enough.

  • At 4:47 am, Blogger Liz said…

    It wasn't so long ago that women in the US didn't have the right to vote. You can't convince me that equality has been achieved in that short time!

    Same goes for racial equality.

  • At 10:13 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Let's hope that Ms Motley's words continue to be true.

  • At 4:26 pm, Blogger Amy said…

    As it stands, most of us have only heard of one of those women - Marie Curie, famous not just by herself, but as a pair with her husband. Interesting post.

  • At 11:26 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    I was impressed to learn that Marie Curie won 2 Nobels and then her daughter also won one. To be honest I'd only heard of 6 of the winners when I first found this information! Thanks for visiting amy.

  • At 3:30 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    A thought provoking post.


  • At 10:44 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Thanks Michelle; it irks me that this kind of post is necessary in 2006!


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