How a small act of kindness can change someone’s life

…. in this case, help the making of the first female winner of the ‘math Nobel Prize’ (the Fields Medal).

“The principal of the school was a very strong character,” Mirzakhani recalled. “If we really wanted something, she would make it happen.” The principal was undeterred by the fact that Iran’s International Mathematical Olympiad team had never fielded a girl, Mirzakhani said. “Her mindset was very positive and upbeat — that ‘you can do it, even though you’ll be the first one,’ ” Mirzakhani said. “I think that has influenced my life quite a lot.”

Meet Maryam Mirzakhani, the First Woman to Win Math’s Most Prestigious Prize: