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March 4, 2011 2:11 PM Subscribe
Who are some historical (or modern day!) women whose hard work and accomplishments are generally attributed to the men in their life?
posted by shaun uh to grab bag (38 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
It's Women's History Month, and I'm looking for suggestions of women who do not usually receive the recognition they deserve for their contributions to society.
I'm thinking of scientists whose male colleagues got all the recognition, wives who ghost-wrote their husbands books, political dynamos who were the power behind the throne (or the gavel, or the Presidency). Basically any women whose work was not lost to history but attributed to someone else.
Edith Wilson practically running the government when her husband, President Woodrow Wilson, had a stroke. Jocelyn Bell Burnell, whose male tutor took the credit (and the nobel prize) for her discovery of pulsars. Harriet Taylor Mill, the wife of John Stuart Mill, who was acknowledged by him - but seldom the rest of the world - to have written "the better half" of all his work.
Examples from all ages, cultures and fields are most appreciated!