Over the course of the week of October 5th, 2020, The Nobel Prize committee announced the winners for the various categories of Nobel Prizes. There are multiple women who won prizes, and we would like to highlight them.
When the Nobels are broken down by gender, women earn prizes at a higher percentage in “soft” and “human” endeavors, such as literature and peace, whereas men earn in math and sciences, such as chemistry, physics and economics. Out of the four winning women announced this past week, three have been women in STEM. You go girls! STEM is a field where women are often overlooked and talked over, so these women are a huge inspiration to young girls everywhere.
Ghez won the Nobel Prize for Physics for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the center of our galaxy. She wrote a book, You Can Be a Woman Astronomer, which highlights certain skills that young girls have that indicates that they would be good for a profession in STEM, specifically as an astronomer.
Charpentier and Doudna won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the development of a method for genome editing also known as Crispr. Crispr is a powerful tool for genome editing that allows researchers to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene functions. Essentially, this technology moves us closer to creating “designer babies”.
Glück won the Nobel Prize for Literature for her unmistakable poetic voice. She wrote multiple books of poetry, including The Wild Iris, which received the Pulitzer Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award among other pieces of work that won multiple awards.
While we are celebrating these particular women this week, we acknowledge that not everyone can win a Nobel. We will continue to highlight inspiring women making moves on our social media and on this blog to show everyone that the world cannot stop you from doing what you want to do.