“They told me that as a woman, I’d never get into graduate school in physics…”

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“They told me that as a woman, I’d never get into graduate school in physics, so they got me a job as a secretary at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and promised that, if I were a good girl, I would take courses there.” –Dr. Rosalyn Yalow

The second woman to win the Nobel Prize in her category, Dr. Rosalyn Yalow grew up in the South Bronx raised by parents who didn’t graduate from high school. Despite graduating magna cum laude from Hunter College at 19 years old, graduate programs were not impressed, ““She is from New York. She is Jewish. She is a woman.” That didn’t stop her from pursuing her genius and launching a medical career. In the 1950s, she co-discovered a novel method to measure insulin, which led to subsequent breakthroughs in the medical field that have saved countless lives. “The technique ‘brought a revolution in biological and medical research…. We are witnessing the birth of a new era of endocrinology, one that started with Yalow,’ the institute said.. Her discovery led to the development of methods to prevent intellectual disabilities in babies with deficient thyroid glands.”

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