4 Inspirational Women Whose Husbands Got All the Credit

Whether it is men getting more credit or men getting all of the credit for women’s work — this story is tried and true.

In honor of Women's History Month, we are reflecting on the amazing work of four women who deserve much more recognition for their accomplishments as they were often held in the shadows of their husbands. 

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Alice Guy | First Female Film Director and Studio Owner Guy is one of the pivotal influencers in modern cinema, though she is often labeled as "unjustly forgotten." In 1895 her skill using what was at the time called a “biographe” or 60-millimeter motion picture camera, gave her the opportunity direct a film. Her skills led her to become head of production at a major French studio until 1907. During that time she made over 100 films. After she married a manager at the studio named Herbert Blaché, she moved to America. In 1910 she started Solax Studios, making her the first female director and studio owner. She produced two films a week, writing and directing at least half of them, all while raising two children. But Guy’s husband convinced her to close her studio and merge with his film company creating mediocre films. It was then when he began to place his name on the company prominently, leaving Guy to an insurmountable fall at the height of her career. Photo Credit:Twitter 

Zelda Fitzgerald | Ghost Writer for Legendary F. Scott Fitzgerald "Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy." While novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald may be one of the most eminent writers in American history, his wife may very well be the key to his most infamous lines. In 1932 she wrote "Save Me The Waltz" and a series of short stories, many of which she claimed her husband plagiarized and took credit for. Photo Credit: Photo12/UIG/Getty Images 

Esther Lederberg | Pioneer In Bacterial Genetics Lederberg worked with her husband as his unpaid research assistant. Though she is noted as a pioneer in bacterial genetics, working together with her husband to discover lambda phage, a bacterial virus often used to study gene regulation and genetic recombination. In 1958 her husband, Joshua Lederberg, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology, though she struggled even gaining recognition in academia. At her funeral a colleague noted, “She had to fight just to be appointed as a research associate professor, whereas she surely should have been afforded full professorial rank. " Photo Credit: Twitter 

Margaret Keane | The Real Artist Behind “Big-Eyed Waifs” In 1964 no one knew Margaret Keane was the mastermind artist behind the images of "big-eyed waifs" which were popular at the time all across America. Her husband took credit for the pieces, all signed simply "Keane." Walter Keane persuaded Margaret that he would be able to make more money selling the pieces. Today Margaret also noted that she continued to claim her husband was the artist of the paintings during their marriage only because he threatened to kill her and her daughter. After their marriage fell apart, Margaret told her story during a radio show in 1970. She then proved she was the true artist during a court demonstration where she was made to paint the unmistakable “big eyes,” and of course her husband could not.  Photo Credit: Twitter