5 Women Who Defied Odds

Even though it is a known fact that women comprise more than half the world’s population, it is the unfortunate truth that even today in the most developed countries; you will find men holding the lion’s share of jobs in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is why you notice men bagging most of the prestigious scientific based awards. Some examples of these awards are the Nobel Prize, which are the most prestigious awards for scientist who makes an ultimate mark in their achievements. There are over 357 people who have been awarded with a Nobel Prize in the category of Physics, chemistry, Physiology, Medicine and even economic sciences. Out of this 357 there have been only 16 women. Below mentioned are the top 5 women who have defied the odds, not just in field of science, but other as well.

Marie Curie, nee Skolodowska – Awarded in Physics 1903, Chemistry 1911

Marie Curie

Marie Curie, nee Skolodowska was the first woman to break all the odds and bag herself a Nobel Prize in 1903. She won the awarded in Physics along with her husband Pierre Curie. There was even Antoine Henri Becquerel who won an award during the same year with Marie Curie together for their discoveries regarding to nuclear shell structure. Madam Curie was the first woman ever to win a Nobel Prize in the field of Chemistry. This was an unshared prize in the science field and moreover a woman who bagged two Nobel Prizes. This was one such an achievement, which no other woman has managed to win together. In 1911 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry with regards to her services to enhance chemistry discoveries of elements such as radium and polonium.

Irene Joliot Curie – Awarded in Chemistry 1935

Irene Joliot Curie

Irene Joliot Curie was the second lady to win the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. She shared the award along with her husband Frederic Joliot. The award was bestowed on them with regards to their synthesis of new radioactive elements. Joliot is the daughter of Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie and Pierre Curie.

Oprah Winfrey- Queen Of Media


Oprah Winfrey is the richest self-made woman in USA and one of the most influential and a powerful woman in the world. In 2000, this talented artist was honored with the ‘Spingarn Medal’ from the NAACP. In 2013, she was awarded the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’. She has also won dozens of awards and recognition for her broadcasting and acting career.

In 2014, this media personality was reported to have a net worth of over 2.9 billion dollars. This talented talk show host is now considered to be the wealthiest African-American woman in the United States.

Amelia Earhart – First American Female Aviator To Fly Across The Atlantic Ocean

Amelia Earhart was one of America’s well-known aviators and was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was known for her steady and exploratory spirit that made her a powerful figure among American women. She was the 16th woman in the world to be granted a pilot’s license from the ‘Federation Aeronautique Internationale’ and after a period of laborious aviation training, she took her first flight in a yellow Kinner Airster biplane, flying it an altitude of 14,000 feet.

She became the first female pilot in the world to have attained this feat and also set the world record for the ‘fastest non-stop transcontinental flight’, which was completed in 19 hours and 5 minutes.

She set a record of 19 hours and 5 minutes which became the fastest transcontinental flight by a woman. She then broke her own record after she achieved flight time of 17 hours, 7 minutes and 30 seconds.

She was presented the Army Air Corps Distinguished Flying Cross in 1932.

She was awarded the Gold Medal of National Geographic Society in 1932.

She won the Harmon Trophy for ‘America’s Outstanding Airwoman’ for three consecutive years; 1932, 1933 and 1934.

She was also the proud recipient of the US Distinguished Flying Cross.

Carly Fiorina – Most Powerful Woman In Business

Carly Fiorina is the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hewlett-Packard (HP) and she currently chairs the non-profit philanthropic organization Good360. A highly talented former business executive, she became the first woman to head a company listed on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, when in 1999 she was selected as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HP). The first woman to lead one of the top twenty US companies, she was instrumental in attaining the merger of HP with rival computer company Compaq which resulted in HP becoming the world’s largest personal computer manufacturer.

She became the recipient of Appeal of Conscience Award in 2002. In 2003, Carly Fiorina received the Seeds of Hope Award from Concern International and was also named by ‘Fortune Magazine’ as the most powerful woman in business.

She was included in the Time 100 ranking of “most influential people in the world today” in 2004, and named tenth on the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women the same year.

The Private Sector Council offered her with its Leadership Award in 2004.

These are the topmost 5 women who fought against all odds and made a mark to the society with their achievements.

AuthorJessica J

I am a health, fitness, and lifestyle blogger with years of experience as a lifestyle coach. While studying medicine, this personal blog is on everything I love about health, fitness, and lifestyle ideas. Along with all this, writing and swimming are my favorite pastimes . Follow me on Google+ Linkedin & Pinterest.

2 thoughts on “5 Women Who Defied Odds

  1. Such inspiring personalities!

  2. I remember, I wrote an essay on Amelia Earhart, the most inspiring woman.

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