They say that behind every great man is a great woman. Well, none of these women stood behind their husbands; they stood right alongside them, and, in some cases, in front of them.
Here’s a look at some of these fascinating figures — women who occupied a front row seat in their time periods but whose names have taken a back row seat to their husbands’ legacies. These women were everything from writers and artists to political thinkers, human rights activists and pioneers of cultural change.
These women, rather than being footnotes or supporting characters, were leading lady material.