As part of Investment Week's International Women's Day coverage, Sue Petrie, was asked who her greatest role model was:

Pioneer Marie Curie faced adversity throughout her outstanding career but was never deterred. Her research was pivotal in the development of x-rays and the discovery of chemical elements – earning her a Nobel Prize in physics in 1903. In 1906, she went on to become the first female professor at the Sorbonne and won a second Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1911. Curie’s work was also crucial in World War One, where she developed in-ambulance x-ray capabilities, driving herself to the front lines to aid soldiers. Importantly, her perseverance against opposition from male peers paved the way for female professionals, not only in science but in every field. However, while Marie Curie’s tireless dedication to her work is important, her family legacy is the key to her being such a prominent role model. My personal aim is to achieve a healthy balance between my work and family life, and her close relationship with her two daughters – who went on to be successful pioneers themselves – is something I strive for in my personal life, and what makes Marie Curie such a pivotal figure in my life.

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