“A career as a researcher? No way. Women never have done anything in science!” This is what some misguided man said to Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (1947 – ) early on in her career. This statement became a driving force for her and put her on a mission to show exactly what women can do in science. She went on to receive the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2008 for her role in the discovery of human immunodeficiency (AIDS) virus. Here’s what she has to say about dealing with “this kind of person”… and what the same guy said to her years later.

Learn more about Françoise’s life and incredible accomplishments at Nobel Prize.