Important women throughout history
We in VAGPWR want to show everyone how cool ladies can be, so once a week we are putting up some facts and a illustration on one impressive lady.
Our first important woman is Mari Curie
Marie Curie, 1867-1934 “She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, first female professor at the University of Paris, and the first person – note the use of person there, not woman – to win a second Nobel Prize.”
(Patricia Fara, president of the British Society for the History of Science)
Frida Kahlo was an amazing artist from Mexico (1907-1954). She is remembered for her self-portraits, pain and passion, and bold, vibrant colours. In Mexico she is celebrated for her attention to Mexican and indigenous culture and by feminists for her depiction of the female experience and form.
As a child, Frida Kahlo suffered from Polio and almost died in a bus accident when she was a teenager. She experienced the pain of multiple fractures to her spine, collarbone and ribs, a shattered pelvis, broken foot and dislocated shoulder. While recovering she began to focus heavily on painting, and during her lifetime she had over 30 operations.
“My paintings carries with it the message of pain.” – Frida Kahlo
Ada Lovelace was a English mathematician, she was called "the first computer programmer" for writing an algorithm for a computing machine in the mid-1800s.
Ada had an unusual childhood for an aristocratic girl in the mid-1800s. Her mother insisted tutors to teach her mathematics and science. This were not standard for women at that time, but her mother believed that engaging in rigorous studies would prevent Ada from developing her father's moody and unpredictable temperament. Ada was also forced to lie still for extended periods of time because her mother believed it would help her develop self-control.
Ada Lovelace was the first computer programmer, and, since 2009, she has been recognized annually on October 15th to highlight the often overlooked contributions of women to math and science.