The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

This is a captivating story showing proof how a woman in the 1940’s was a brilliant inventor but because of her gender, her invention was not put to good use. The military preferred to keep the torpedoes that kept on having issues then using a perfectly good invention to good use. 

“Leaving a hollow, if beautiful, shell. Perhaps the shell was all this world wanted from me”.

Brilliance and beauty couldn’t coincide for women in the 1940’s. Hedy Lamarr couldn’t shake away how people perceived her. Her beauty is all people cared about. She had brilliance, intelligence but was treated like a trophy to be viewed but not to be touched or spoken to. At first I thought Mr. Mandl was Mr. prince charming. Rich, attentive, fun and supportive. Once he and Hedy married he became a terror. She was trapped with an egoistic psycho that abuses women. After reading this novel I see Hedy for what she truly was an inventor with star power, strong willed and ready to fight for what is right. After so many years we now use her invention every single day. Beautifully written with plenty of emotions. Powerful statement with girl power at its core. I rated 5 out of 5 stars.

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