Elionor Ostrom, 76, is the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in the field of Economics, and her win marks the fifth of prizes taken home by women this year. Ostrom has won for her accomplishments in the field of common resources where she has said that resources are best managed by the people who use them.
In an interview with NPR, Ostrom said a phone call woke her up at 6:30a.m. to tell her the good news. It's a big win for women this year said Michelle Norris, the show's host, with agreement resonating from Ostrom who hoped women in the field of economics were whooping and hollering at the news. Ostrom said it was only recently that women within the field of social sciences were given opportunities for advancement, and now younger women have role models available to them. On our part Ostrom said we need to be training women earlier because as a young student in high school, Ostrom, herself wasn't allowed to take certain math classes because of her gender.
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