The ”Nobel Week” resulted in 13 new laureates – 1 woman and 12 men! But introducing quotas is out of the question according to the head of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science that is one of the group of scientists and specialists deciding about Nobel Prizes.
“It’s sad that there are so few women Nobel laureates and it reflects the unfair conditions in society, particularly in years past, but still existing. And there’s so much more to do,” Göran Hansson, head of the academy, said in an interview with news agency AFP. “We have decided we will not have quotas for gender or ethnicity.”
Journalist and publisher Maria Ressa, Philippines, was the only woman awarded in 2021 when she shared the Peace Prize with her Russian colleague Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression.
Since 1901, when the first prizes were awarded, the vast majority have been men. In total 947 persons (and 28 organisations) have had the honour but only 58 of them have been women.
Only one woman, Marie Curie, has been honoured twice, with the prize in physics 1903 and the one in chemistry in 1911
The youngest laureate so far is Pakistani Malala Yousafzai who was only 17 years old when she in 2014 got the peace prize for her work defending children’s rights.