Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst (L) | Crystallographer Rosalind Franklin (M) | Civil rights heroine Rosa Parks (R)

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Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst (L) | Crystallographer Rosalind Franklin (M) | Civil rights heroine Rosa Parks (R)

The list by the BBC History Magazine was based on a shortlist that readers voted on. The magazine asked professionals from 10 separate fields of human endeavour to each select and nominate 10 women they saw as having had the greatest impact on world history; which helped craft the shortlist for voters.

According to Immediate Media, BBC History Magazine is Britain’s “biggest-selling history brand” with magazine readership reaching up to 300,000 and print circulation coming in around 95,000.

The president of Britain’s largest learned society, Patricia Fara, who nominated Marie Curie, describes the two-time Nobel Prize-winning scientist as one who had the odds “always stacked against her.”

“In Poland (Curie’s) patriotic family suffered under a Russian regime. In France she was regarded with suspicion as a foreigner — and of course, wherever she went, she was discriminated against as a woman,” said Fara, president of the British Society for the History of Science, in a statement.

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