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. 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


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! 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!


We are asking for you to do the following:

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 Thursday, November 7th, 2019 - 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.

Read more about last year’s #WomenWhoCurie Day, an inspiring campaign that recognized the work of women in radiation oncology across the world. 

Email SWROcontact@gmail for more information about how you can make this campaign even more far-reaching! 


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!