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Aspirations come from hopes and dreams only a dedicated person can conjure up They can range from passing the third grade to making the local high school football team Marie Curies aspirations however were much greater Life in late 19th century Poland was rough Being a female in those days wasnt a walk in the park either Marie Curie is recognized in history by the name she took in her adopted country France Born in Poland in 1867 she was christened Manya Sklodowska In the year of her birth Poland was ruled by the neighboring Russia no Pole could forget it or at least anyone involved in education as both Manyas parents were Manyas mother was a headmistress of a girls school The Russians insisted that Polish schools teach the Russian language and Russian history The Poles had to teach their children their own Manya enjoyed learning but her childhood was always overshadowed by depression At the young age of six her father lost his job and her family became very poor In the same year of 1873 her mother died of tuberculosis As if that wasnt enough tragedy for the family already two of her sisters died of typhus as well Her oldest sister Bronya had to leave school early to take care of the family Despite all these hardships and setbacks Manya continued to work hard at school Although her sister Bronya had stopped going to school to act as the familys housekeeper she desperately wanted to go on studying to become a doctor This was almost impossible in Poland however In Poland women were not allowed to go to college Many Poles took the option to flee from Russian rule and live in France this is exactly what Bronya did She had set her heart on going to Paris to study at the famous Sorbonne University The University of Paris The only
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