Nobel Prizes 2020: Women honored but the awards still aren’t diverse

Of 931 individuals and 28 organizations to have won the prize since the awards began, just 16 are Black. No Black winners were named in 2020.
Twelve Black people have won the Peace Prize, three the Nobel Prize in Literature, and one the associated Prize in Economics awarded by Sweden’s central bank in Alfred Nobel’s honor. No Black recipients have ever won one of the science prizes.
On Monday, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for the discovery of hepatitis C virus, which led to the development of tests and treatments.
Tuesday’s Physics prize went to Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for their discoveries about black holes. Ghez became only the fourth woman to win a Nobel physics prize.
Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna on Wednesday became the first two female scientists to jointly win the
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Meet the Women Who Won Nobel Prizes This Year

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From Harper’s BAZAAR

Since the Nobel Prize was established in 1895, less than 60 women have been honored with the prestigious international award. This week, four women–Louise Glück, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Jennifer A. Doudna, and Andrea M. Ghez–were added to that roster, triumphing in literature, chemistry, and physics.

Below, meet the women became Nobel laureates in 2020.

Louise Glück

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Photo credit: Robin Marchant – Getty Images

American poet Louise Glück was honored with the Nobel Prize in literature for “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.”

The New York-born writer, who is now a professor of English at Yale University, is no stranger to prestigious awards, having previously won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for The Wild Iris and the 2014 National Book Award for Faithful and Virtuous Night. She was also previously named the United

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