Marie Curie – celebrating her life, achievements and legacy
Banque Transatlantique London Branch and the Institut Francais were delighted to organize an evening dedicated to Marie Curie which was held on the 26th of November 2017. The 150th anniversary of her birth, was an incredible opportunity to remember her remarkable life and career as well as, the amazing work done by the Marie Curie Institute.
Marie Curie was a pioneer in the study of radioactivity and its application in physics, chemistry, biology and medicine. She was the first woman to obtain a doctorate in physics, a Nobel Prize and the first person to be awarded two Noble Prizes: in 1903 for physics and in 1911 for chemistry.
However, we discovered that beyond her scientific achievements, there was a fantastic woman. Her life had been driven by convictions and values that are more topical and modern than ever. She had passion, resilience, discipline, courage but also fought for family, gender equality and sharing of knowledge amongst women.
She is definitely not only a master piece of our national cultural history, but also a relevant source of inspiration for current and future generations of women.
A recent publication from the World Bank showed that in 2013 in the United Kingdom, women represented only 29% of seats at the National Parliament and only 23% of ministerial positions. Similarly, in the private sector women represented only 34% of senior or managerial positions.
While we are cognizant that progress has been accomplished, these numbers are still far from equal representation of men and women across all fields of society. The aim is not diversity, but the acknowledgment of the two genders composing equal humanity.
Banque Transatlantique London Branch contributes to the advancement of women in society, not only by promoting women in the work place but also by providing and supporting females especially within the Private Banking industry. That’s why, this event had a special meaning for us and we would like to warmly thank all our guests and all the people that have made it possible.