Poland proudly joins the global celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11th, spotlighting the remarkable achievements of its female STEM pioneers. Among them, Maria Skłodowska-Curie, born in Warsaw in 1867, stands as a symbol of scientific excellence, having earned two Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry for her groundbreaking research on radioactivity.
Expanding upon Curie’s pioneering contributions, numerous Polish women excel in diverse scientific fields. For instance, Professor Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska is a leading figure in geodetic engineering, elevating the precision of navigation systems. In computer science, Professor Marta Kwiatkowska spearheads formal verification methods, bolstering cybersecurity and AI advancement. Additionally, Professor Joanna Sulkowska’s investigations into protein folding shed crucial light on biological intricacies. These examples underscore the breadth of talent and innovation among Polish women in STEM.
Initiatives like the Women in Science Association and Girls in STEM Foundation bolster Polish women and girls’ presence in science by offering mentorship and advocacy for gender equality. Poland reaffirms its commitment to fostering an inclusive environment for STEM advancement, inspiring future generations of scientific trailblazers.
In the words of Maria Skłodowska-Curie, “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” With Polish women and girls leading the way, the future of science shines brighter than ever before.