Top Ten! TFN lists their favourite women
So, in alphabetical order we have:
Driving a 66 metre-long truck weighting over 50 tons, Iwona Blecharczyk is not scared of anything holding her down in the male dominated profession. From Belgium to North America, she drove thousands of miles, becoming a YouTube sensation along the way. Now her drive and determination has led her to becoming the model for a new Shero Barbie doll.
Professor Halina Car is leading a team of scientist from the Medical University of Białystok in the search to cure large intestine cancer. Her inquiry led to the forests in Białowieża, east Poland, where in the roots pine trees she found fungus capable of restricting the growth of cancer cells. Now waiting to patent her findings and conduct more research, professor Car is hoping to treat one of the most common types of cancer in Poland.
Guess who? It’s Zuzia Kozerska-Girard and her version of the classic board game – this time celebrating the most accomplished women in history. ‘Who’s she?’ features among others scientist Marie Skłodowska-Curie, artist Frida Kahlo, activist Malala Yousafzai, the pharaoh Hatshepsut and sportswomen Serena Williams. Kozerska-Girard set out to inspire her daughter and ended up creating a tool to inspire a generation of young girls.
Oscar or no, Joanna Kulig is without doubt our leading lady and we can’t wait for the development of her Hollywood career. The international success of Cold War, signing with Creative Artists Agency, but more importantly her raw talent, beautiful voice and emotional acting range are the key to new opportunities. Having her first child only a few weeks ago might be a well-earned respite for Kulig, but we doubt it will slow her down for long.
Yeast and agricultural waste don’t sound like the most glamourous material for a designer, but Róża Janusz, the creator of SCOBY packaging, found a way to use them and for a good cause. To revolutionize food packaging and replace plastic, she grew edible, vegan, compostable foils and containers that preserve the products inside or can be eaten with them. Cheap and ecological, SCOBY is the packaging of the future.
IMF’s Gita Gopinath and World Bank’s Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg just gained another distinguished colleague - a woman leading a major international institution. Beata Javorcik was appointed the chief economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, being the first woman in history to ever hold that position. It’s not a first first in Javorcik’s career, as she was already the first woman to hold the Statutory Professorship in Economics at the University of Oxford.
For Natalia Maliszewska, a short track speed skater, this season was ground-breaking. In November, she became the first Polish women to win a world cup event, only to triumph in the entire cycle. The successes are not a coincidence though, as Natalia has skated since 2007 together with her older sister Patrycja. As the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Bulgaria are beginning today, we are keeping our fingers crossed for yet another medal!
Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights took the world by storm, winning Man Booker’s International Prize and being nominated for the American National Book Award. Considering that her other works “Zagubione Dusze” (Lost Souls) won the Bologna Ragazzi Award during the world's largest children's book fair in Bologna and she had her debut as an opera librettist with “Ahat ili – Siostra bogów” (Ahat ili – Sister of the gods), 2018 was definitely the year of Tokarczuk. Let’s not forget, that this success would not be possible without another exceptional woman – Jennifer Croft, who translated Flights into English.
A girl band in traditional dresses singing ‘white noise’ may not seem like a recipe for success, but the folk band Tulia proved it was exactly what was needed. Their covers of Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence and Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters went viral and the world fell in love with them. Now Tulia’s members Joanna Sinkiewicz, Patrycja Nowicka, Dominika Siepka andTulia Biczak will represent Poland in Tel Aviv during the Eurovision contest with their own original song.
Roksana ‘Roxie’ Węgiel proved she can truly be “Anyone I want to be”. The 14-year-old singer won the Polish edition of the Voice Kids and went to represent Poland at the Junior Eurovision Contest in Minsk, Belarus, winning again! The young star sang a song originally written for Rita Ora, adding her own spin to it. Roxie signed with Universal Music Polska and has already released her first single and she will be a guest performer at the 2019 Eurovision Contest in Tel Aviv.