Maryam Mirzakhani

"A genius? Yes. But also a daughter, a mother and a wife."
It is no secret that Iran has a "brain drain" problem; it has been recognized by top Iranian authorities including Iran's Minister of Science and Technology Reza Faraji Dana, who noted, "Every year, about 150,000 of our elite emigrate from Iran, costing our economy $150 billion."
With Maryam Mirzakhani to look up to, women and girls can be encouraged to pursue and master a field that remained closed to them for far too long. Thanks to her, a major glass ceiling in mathematics has been shattered for women and girls everywhere.