Throughout written history (and almost definitely during the bit that wasn't written down), women's accomplishments have been overshadowed by men. Sometimes, it's deliberate. In the 1960s, Walter Keane became famous for paintings of doe-eyed waifs that later turned out to be his wife's work. Decades after claiming credit for discovering the structure of DNA, Jim Watson and Francis Crick have been accused of failing to acknowledge the vital role of the data gathered by X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin. Kanye West rapped that he made Taylor Swift, a Grammy winner and two-time Billboard Woman of the Year, famous.
But things aren't always so obvious as it is in these examples. In patriarchal societies, women are often seen as weak or downright useless; when they accomplish something noteworthy, some people's reaction is to immediately dismiss it as impossible. Surely a woman would never be able to come up with the first computer program or write the first science fiction novel — although that's exactly what happened. (A note about that second point: Mary Shelley first published Frankenstein anonymously with an introduction penned by her husband, Percy Shelley, and to this day, people still often attribute the novel to him.) Unfortunately, the effect is the same whether or not people realize they're being sexist. Here are seven accomplishments from women in 2017 that were totally overshadowed — but which more than deserve your attention.