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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-21-06 12:30 PM
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65. More on Mileva
It is sad to me how many of you are threatened by the fact that women are so bright and so creative.

It is obvious now Mileva Einstein did not get the credit due to her in so many areas, namely the area of science.

How much credit is probably debatable although many now argue from viewing letters and old records that she was much more the creator of the relativity theory than her husband Albert. Who knows? I think we all deserve to know more.

With that said, why some of you are so threatened and frightened by womens's gifts is rather baffling and again, sad.

It is reflective of very narrow, sexist, fear and hate based beliefs. Perhaps it is the same mentality that has kept women oppressed for centuries and has kept women continuously held back from so many positions of leadership by the men who are in power often times simply because they are men.

Would You Welcome Please - Mrs. Einstein

"You must continue with your investigations -- how proud I will be to have a little PhD for a sweetheart, while I remain a completely ordinary person!"

- Albert Einstein in a letter to Mileva, 1900

It was only after Albert Eintsein's death that the world began to learn about his first wife, Mileva Maric Einstein. She was a highly intelligent woman who studied medicine at one of the few universities that would accept women at that time. Marriage to Einstein occurred after the illegitimate birth of their first child, and thus began a relationship that was characterised by an increasing gulf between husband and wife.

The details of Albert and Mileva's relationship were kept private until the early 1990s, when finally the contents of letters between them were made available.

The letters and accounts of family friends show it was a marriage dogged by difficulty.

Einstein was unfaithful, there is evidence to indicate he was physically abusive, and he instituted rules for his wife that subjected her to a type of psychological inferiority.

She was not to speak unless spoken to, when spoken to she must answer immediately... He wrote to his mistress in 1913, "I treat my wife as an employee whom I cannot fire". In a backhanded way he had acknowledged Mileva's faithfulness and commitment.

Einstein's infidelity finally resulted in him leaving his wife and children to take up with another woman. Mileva continued raising the children and remained legally married to her husband, not wishing the divorce that her husband was insisting on.

Finally in 1917 she agreed to a divorce on the condition that if he should win the Nobel prize he would give her the money. It was a shrewd bargain to ensure financial provision for herself and the children in the future. Einstein was awarded the 1921 Nobel prize, although he did not receive the money until 1923. He secretly transferred it to Mileva, not wanting anyone to know it was given to his ex-wife.

Although Albert and Mileva communicated with each other after the divorce, he was remarkably absent from their children's lives. One of their sons suffered from schizophrenia and was prone to violent psychotic episodes. Mileva cared for him alone.
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