In honor of Marie Curie's birthday on November 7th, in 2018 the Society for Women in Radiation Oncology (SWRO) launched the first #WomenWhoCurie Day.
She remains the only person to be awarded the Nobel Prize in two subjects - all in a time before women were allowed to vote.
(11/7/1867 - 7/4/1934)
What is #WomenWhoCurie Day?
Similar to the recent #ILookLikeAnEngineer and #ILookLikeASurgeon social media campaigns aimed at breaking stereotypes in traditionally male-dominated fields, we encouraged women to take a picture capturing what it means to be a radiation oncologist and the post to social media with the hashtag, #WomenWhoCurie!
How can I participate in #WomenWhoCurie Day?
In 1903, Marie Curie was the first women to win a Nobel Prize in Physics.
In 1911, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry - for the discovery of the elements radium and polonium, by the isolation of radium, and the study of the nature and compounds of this remarkable element.
1) Take a photo! Photograph women in your department doing whatever captures what it means to be involved in radiation oncology (Ex: in front of your LINAC, preparing for a brachytherapy procedure, engaging in treatment planning, etc). We want men to participate as well! Solo pictures, group pictures, department pictures are ALL welcome! Sample pictures can be found on below.
2) Spread the word in your department and elsewhere! Consider alerting the media relations office(s) of your department, hospital, or clinic. If you are active on social media, please consider posting information about the #WomenWhoCurie Day ahead of time and encouraging others to participate.
3) On Sunday, November 7th, 2021: Post your picture! Post your picture(s) on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, your department’s website, etc) along with the hashtag #WomenWhoCurie. If you aren't on social media, just email your photo to SWROcontact@gmail.com and we will take care of uploading your photo with a comment if you prefer.
Email SWROcontact@gmail for more information about how you can make this campaign even more far-reaching!
What are the goals for #WomenWhoCurie Day?
We are excited for this year's campaign which seeks to:
Celebrate the amazing women across the world that are treating patients with cancer with radiation and conducting research
Celebrate all of the team members who make vital contributions to the care of patients treated with radiation
Increase awareness of radiation oncology alongside other oncologic specialties
Increase awareness of radiation oncology as a fantastic specialty among female medical students who are interested in oncology
We also encouraged men and other vital members of the radiation team to take part in the campaign by posing with female radiation oncologists who they admire.
This day coincides with International Day of Medical Physics so we hope to also celebrate the amazing work of female medical physicists!
How many people does #WomenWhoCurie reach?
We were incredibly inspired by the hundreds of #WomenWhoCurie posts across the world and equally encouraged by the support poured out by various departments and organizations! Countries represented included the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Spain, China, New Zealand, and Australia. Over 720 contributes tweeted photos and messages over 2,000 times.
Thank you for helping us show the world the amazing women of radiation oncology!