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‘The Only Woman in the Room’ Demonstrates the Maddening Tragedy of Brilliant Women

Hedy Lamarr’s story is heartbreaking and infuriating.

Oct. 21, 2019, 3:02 p.m.

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Marie Benedict’s “The Only Woman in the Room,” although all spoilers are also just historical facts. Proceed at your own discretion.

When I finished Marie Benedict’s latest ...


About M. K.

Mary Kate Fain (M. K.) is a writer with a background in grassroots activism, focusing on animal liberation, feminism, and software freedom.

Along with her partner Alex, she co-founded in 2019, a women-centered social media platform that is currently the largest feminist instance in the Fediverse, and top 50 instances globally.

She is currently writing a book on radical feminism, is the maintainer of the Women's Declaration website, and serves on the board of Species Revolution. Follow her on Medium.