There are many women to whom we own a lot. The entire humanity is in debt to them due to their inventions and their creations. Well, here are 3 women who broke stereotypes and made history!

3 Women Who Made History Breaking Stereotypes
3 Women Who Made History Breaking Stereotypes. Graphic by Haydee Vanegas.

Let’s talk about women who broke stereotypes and made history. Womxn have been excluded and minimized for centuries. Even today, there are some activities or roles that society thinks we “can not” fulfill or “should not” fulfill. But the truth is that many of the biggest inventions and knowledge we have today are thanks to women. Well, if we want to raise womxn awareness, we need to take this into account. All the women to whom humanity is in debt because of their creations. We need to share their stories with the rest of the world, honor them, thank them, and to show off womxn can do anything.

Women breaking stereotypes

Over my last couple of articles, I have talked a lot about Womxn Awareness as the only way we have to face maleness. First, I shared with you the need we all have of refurbishing the misconception of womxn. There has when I set raising a Womxn Awareness in which being a womxn is something amazing. And to create awareness about all those aspects that maleness awareness has been making a shame or a sin. Then, to start raising that awareness, I shared the truth about menstruation and why we need to talk about it.

Well, in this opportunity, I will continue raising womxn awareness. But in a different way. There are many womxn we can call successful. But usually, society tends to show us as successful role models some specific womxn. Those ones that follow the regular “roles” male awareness had for us. And the truth is that there are womxn to whom humanity is in debt for fulfilling roles that weren’t usually for them. Here I share with you 3 women that made history breaking stereotypes. 3 Women to honor, to admire, and to thank.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie, a woman who broke stereotypes
Marie Curie a woman who broke stereotypes. Graphic by Haydee Vanegas.

For me, Marie Curie is a role model. I really admire how incredibly hard worker and intelligent she was. Marie Curie was a two-times Nobel prize winner, an award woman at her time couldn’t even imagine achieving. She knew she had big ambitions, and she knew it was going to be hard to make her dreams come true, but it didn’t stop her. She studied careers women, at her time, didn’t use to. Also, she majored not only in one but in two sciences.

Also, Marie Curie was a woman who had an incredible love story. But not one of those fairytales, a real-life amazing love story. A man who supported and admired her. She fell in love with not only her work partner but also with someone who really believed in her and recognized her intelligence and her work. Pierre Curie was the father of her children, her biggest collaborator, and her laboratory partner. Also, he was the person who demanded his wife to be recognized for the Nobel Prize. Because originally, the organization didn’t recognize Marie as part of the investigation.

And we debt a lot to Marie Curie. She was the first woman ever to win a Novel Prize. But not only that, she has been the first woman ever to win two Novel Prizes for different sciences. Marie Curie has a Novel Prize for Physics along with her husband and their collaborator Becquerel, and she also has a Novel Prize for Chemistry herself. Thanks to Marie’s work, humanity now knows radiology and radiation. She also discovered polonium and radium. But definitely, her biggest contributions were to medicine; especially, she contributed to finding treatments for cancer.

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton, A woman who broke stereotypes
Edith Wharton, a woman who broke stereotypes. Original photo from Graphic by Haydee Vanegas.

As a writer, I have a huge role model to follow, and that is Edith Wharton. There are not many women known as writers from the past centuries, and that is mainly thanks to male awareness. But the truth is that there are many women, as Edith, that were incredibly talented writers and authors, especially of novels and poems. And she always used her writings to picture and criticize society at her time.

Edith Wharton was the first woman ever to win the Pulitzer Prize in Literature, and she was also a designer. She wrote over 15 novels, 7 novellas, 3 personal poetry books, over 15 short story collections, and she was also an editor. And most of her books and stories were adapted into films, TV productions, and theater productions. Also, she was a versatile writer. She wrote fiction, her own memoir, poetry, non-fiction, and drama.

Something really cool about Edith is the fact that she was a visionary. She was a writer ahead of her time, especially because of the topics and themes she used to write about. Edith wrote about the society she lived in and even criticized it. She wrote about morality, fulfillment, and repressed sexuality, which was really common to her time. Also, she wrote about confinement and attempts to freedom, which was a topic none at the high-class society used to talk about.

Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell, A woman who broke stereotypes
Elizabeth Blackwell, a woman who broke stereotypes. Original photo from Graphic by Haydee Vanegas.

Elizabeth Blackwell was definitely a woman of firsts. She was the first woman ever that became a doctor and practicing as a doctor in the U.S. Even when women at her time used to not even complete school. She knew she could do more than that. Elizabeth was the only woman in her class while studying at the medical college, and she graduated first in her class. Her passion for helping others and conquering collective health and wellness is something to thank.

Elizabeth faced huge opposition from the very start and throughout her career. To start, she had to study really hard independently with doctors to have the chance to opt for being an option for a college. After hard work, she finally got accepted at college, but the entire male student’s body took her acceptance as a joke. Also, she was mistreated and hardly questioned by professors and patients alike several times. But it didn’t stop her, she studied really hard, and her intelligence and knowledge became stronger than those misconceptions of her for being a woman.

After all the things she faced during her student years, Elizabeth created a medical school for women in 1860, and she had a really successful career as a private practice and as an investigator. She studied different diseases and possible treatments. And Elizabeth was also a leading public health activist during her lifetime.

So, there you got, 3 women to thank, to recognize and to honor, but mostly 3 women to admire. These are 3 women we need to share as stories to raise womxn awareness, and to inspire new generations with womxn awareness.

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