Born into poverty in occupied Poland, Maria Sklodowska overcame her unfortunate childhood and went on to become an acclaimed scientist and a pioneer for women’s rights. From childhood, Maria was a prodigy; at the age of 16, she worked as a teacher while taking part in the nationalist “free university.” She helped finance her sister’s medical studies with the understanding her sister would assist her in obtaining her education later. In 1891 Maria, now using the name Marie, went to Paris and began to follow lectures at the Sorbonne. She worked in Lippmann’s research lab starting in 1893 and worked late into the night, living on nothing but bread and butter. It was then that Marie met her husband, Pierre Curie. After their marriage, they began working towards discovering things that would change the world. In the summer of 1898, Marie and Pierre discovered polonium, and then, just a few months later, discovered radium. Marie then was set on obtaining pure radium, which she eventually did with the help of André-Louis Debierne. For these discoveries, Marie and her husband were rewarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903. Marie gave birth to two daughters, Irène and Ève, but this did not interrupt her intensive scientific work. She became a lecturer in physics at the École Normale Supérieure for girls in Sèvres and introduced a new method of teaching: teaching based on experimental demonstrations. After the sudden death of her husband, Marie chose to devote her energy towards completing the scientific work her and her husband had undertaken. Though, in May 1906, she was appointed to the position her husband had left vacant: a professor at the Sorbonne. Marie was the first professor at the Sorbonne, and in 1910 her fundamental treatise on radioactivity was published. In 1911, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the isolation of pure radium; she was the first person to win two Nobel Prizes. Though, even after winning two Nobel Prizes, she continued her work. Throughout World War I, Marie, along with her daughter, devoted herself to the development of the X-ray. After the war, in 1921, Marie made a journey to America to present a gram of radium to President Harding. Later in her life, she had the satisfaction of seeing the development of the Cuie Foundation in Paris, and was inaugurated into the Radium Institute. Marie is truly a woman to be admired; she was persistent with her research even though she was discriminated against for being a woman, and had to live in less than preferable conditions. She was a determined individual, a pioneer in the fight for women’s equality, and an independent female that was not afraid to show the world what women were and are capable of doing.