It all started with a t-shirt.
On the t-shirt were five women, all scientists, but only one (Marie Curie) that we were familiar with. Who were these women? Why didn't we know their names? Two of the five were Nobel winners, the other three either did science that wasn't in a Nobel category, or for whatever reason didn't get the prize. And, we were curious.
The company started researching these and other women in science, and we came upon a startling discovery. Out of the 597 individual Nobel Prize winners in the sciences, only 17 have been women. And beside Marie Curie (who actually won the Prize twice, in two different sciences), we didn't know a single one of them. In our research, we began to uncover extraordinary stories about these women, and marveled at the advancements their discoveries have made, how the science they worked on has bettered humankind in many, many ways, and how some of their work has literally saved countless lives.
And, we thought: why don't we tell their stories? We'll do a show that is pure storytelling - simple, direct, and honest. And, No Belles was born.
While it would take us pages to list all the men who have won Nobel Prizes, it won't take us long to list the women. Here they are.
That's it. Eighteen Prizes, won by 17 women. Of course, women who didn't win the Prize were also doing fascinating and important work. Women like Rachel Carson, Alice Hamilton, Rosalind Franklin, Jane C. Wright, and many others. In No Belles, we decided to focus in on three women (Rosalyn Yalow, Rita Levi-Montalcini, and Rosalind Franklin), while telling a number of the other women's stories in short form.
That's No Belles.