As many of you know, I named my company Curie after Marie Curie, the Nobel Prize winning, barrier breaking, Goddess of science. What many of you probably don't know is that Marie and I have something special in common—we (ALMOST) share a birthday.
When I read a biography on Marie Curie many years ago, I was excited to learn that her birthday was November 7th, one day before mine. It only made sense to make a holiday out of it, which is how Curie Day came to be. Curie Day (technically it's Curie Daysss) is the ONLY sitewide sale we do all year. We offer 20% off all Curie products in celebration of our birthdays.
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Marie Curie’s story is harrowing and undeniably impressive, spanning multiple wars, several bouts of serious illness, and many groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Oh, and there’s also the two Nobel Peace Prizes, but we figured we’d start with the basics. Born in Poland in 1867, Marie Curie was an incredibly curious and precocious girl. Her parents, both teachers, encouraged her to pursue her many interests, and, unsurprisingly, she picked things up almost instantly. Her childhood was not without its share of tragedy and setbacks, but her unusually sharp mind allowed her to forge a path for herself despite living in a time when women were denied access to higher education. In fact, Marie was so intent on getting an education that she attended a secret underground university and saved for over 6 years to eventually attend the Sorbonne in Paris.
After finishing her formal education, she went on to dedicate her life to advancing physics and chemistry. Her list of accomplishments includes discovering two new elements, winning two Nobel Peace Prizes in two different subjects, raising two children, and directing the Red Cross Radiology Service. The craziest part? She did all of it in a dress because women wearing pants wasn’t a thing yet. She was an original trailblazer, someone who gave her all to science, her first and truest love, no matter how many “Nos” she heard along the way.
So yes, it’s an incredible origin story: a woman who became a giant and hero in the world of science during a time when women were mostly expected to be silent and passive. But in our eyes, it symbolizes something even more important: the singular power of a girl with a dream who willed herself towards a destiny that she knew was hers to behold. Marie Curie embodies a belief that is our greatest source of inspiration, that your life is yours to build. We’re just here to keep you BO-free while you do it.