Inspired by Elinor Ostrom, who recently became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, findingDulcinea recognizes female Nobel Prize winners. Read biographies and news stories celebrating their incredible lives and accomplishments.
Toni Morrison grew up in a house of African-American storytellers and developed a love for books. After earning a masters degree in English and teaching for many years, she felt there was a book she wanted to read but had yet to find—so she wrote it herself. A prolific career ensued, with Morrison winning both the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes for her fiction.
The first woman in France to receive a doctorate degree, scientist Marie Curie is remembered for her discoveries in radioactivity and radioactive elements. Her work won her two Nobel prizes in physics and chemistry, but unfortunately also led to her death.
Jane Addams was a pioneer in the field of social work and co-founder of the Hull House, a settlement house for lower class immigrants in Chicago. A noted pacifist and internationalist, Addams fearlessly took unpopular stances and became the first American woman ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Gertrude Elion received the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine together with George Hitchings and Sir James Black for her co-discovery and patent of the drug 6-mercaptopurine, used in the treatment of leukemia.