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May-Britt Moser

May-Britt Moser

Discovered our "inner GPS"


Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

Works against the suppression of children and for their right to education


Alice Munro

Alice Munro

Depicts difficult relationships and moral conflicts


Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Contributed to secure peace in Liberia


Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee

Works to bring an end to war in Liberia

Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkol Karman

Struggles for women's rights in Yemen


Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom

Studied the management of common property


Herta Müller

Herta Müller

Depicts corruption, intolerance and repression



Elizabeth Blackburn

Elizabeth Blackburn

Identified the enzyme telomerase


Carol Greider

Carol Greider

Identified the enzyme telomerase


Ada Yonath

Ada Yonath

Showed what the ribosome looks like and how it functions at the atomic level


Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

Discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing

Wrote about how and why we live

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai

Founded the Green Belt Movement and mobilized poor women to plant trees in Africa

Linda Buck

Linda Buck

Discovered how our sense of smell works


Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek

Criticizes society in her writing

Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi

Works for human rights in Iran

Jody Williams

Jody Williams

Works to ban and remove anti-personnel land mines


Wislawa Szymborska

Wislawa Szymborska

Wrote poetry that links the past with the present


Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard

Discovered genetic mechanisms controlling early development

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

Writes about black women in a male dominated society

Rigoberta Menchú Tum

Rigoberta Menchú Tum

Campaigns for human rights in Guatemala

Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer

Depicted the consequences of apartheid


Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

Works for democracy and human rights in Myanmar

Rosalyn Yalow

Rosalyn Yalow

Developed a methodology for the determination of protein hormones in the blood

Gertrude B. Elion

Gertrude B. Elion

Discovered important principles for drug treatment


Rita Levi-Montalcini

Rita Levi-Montalcini

Investigated how the nervous system grows and develops


Barbara McClintock

Barbara McClintock

Discovered mobile genetic elements, "jumping genes"

Alva Myrdal

Alva Myrdal

Played a central role in the United Nations' disarmament negotiations

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

Worked for the poor in Calcutta through her order, the Missionaries of Charity

Betty Williams

Betty Williams

Founded a grassroots movement against violence in Northern Ireland


Mairead Corrigan

Mairead Corrigan

Founded a grassroots movement against violence in Northern Ireland

Nelly Sachs

Nelly Sachs

Represents the tragedy of the Jewish people in her writing

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin

Determined the crystal structures of penicillin and vitamin B12


Maria Goeppert Mayer

Maria Goeppert Mayer

Made the first advanced model of nuclear structure


Gerty Cori

Gerty Cori

Worked on glycogen and glucose metabolism

Emily Greene Balch

Emily Greene Balch

Leader of the American peace movement

Gabriela Mistral

Gabriela Mistral

Wrote lyrical poetry

Pearl Buck

Pearl Buck

Wrote about peasant life in China

Jane Addams

Jane Addams

Social worker active in the peace movement

Sigrid Undset

Sigrid Undset

Wrote powerful descriptions of Northern life during the Middle Ages

Grazia Deledda

Grazia Deledda

Portrayed the harsh life in Sardinia in her poetry

Irène Joliot-Curie

Irène Joliot-Curie

Discovered artificial radioactivity


Selma Lagerlöf

Selma Lagerlöf

Depicted the life of Nordic peasants

Bertha von Suttner

Bertha von Suttner

Active in the peace movement

Marie Curie

Marie Curie

Discovered the elements radium and polonium

Collage of Women Laureates: Linda Buck, Nelly Sachs and Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin.

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