Until Google Doodle showed the world who Olga Ladyzhenskaya was this past month, highlighting her life and achievements on the exact day that would have been her 97th birthday, I am sure a lot of us (like myself) had no idea of her existence or her significant contributions. Despite many hardships growing up in Russia, Olga Ladyzhenskaya went on to receive the Lomonosov Gold Medal in 2002 for her work on partial differential equations, fluid dynamics and the finite difference method for the Navier–Stokes equations. Who knew! As we wrap-up International Women’s History Month throughout March, we should ask ourselves, “How many more silent heroes are out there that we don’t know about?”
Take Marie Curie for example, a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She’s the first person and only woman to win twice, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences. Her daughter, Irène Joliot-Curie, was also awarded a Nobel Prize—in Chemistry— in 1935 for her discovery of artificial radioactivity, making both Marie and Irène the only mother-daughter duo throughout all of history to win Nobel Prizes. Talk about making HERstory!
Global Results Communications (GRC) is a woman-owned agency, but that’s just icing on the cake. Our Founder and CEO Valerie Christopherson has been a powerhouse in the public relations field for more than 20 years, proving strategic counsel, campaign management and a wide range of successful public relations and social media programs on behalf of major trade associations, Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. Not one to use a benchmark of gender, she has built a formidable agency on her own merit without even considering the gender factor. That’s just the way she rolls!
As we reflect on International Women’s History Month, it’s important to remember these silent heroes and what they have done for all of humanity. There’s a long list, which includes Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, and the English chemist Rosalind Franklin, who made extraordinary contributions to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA and RNA among other things. But let us not wait for a Google Doodle to remember all of the silent superheroes, the countless men and women, past and present, who anonymously make their mark in the world on behalf of humanity.