In the storm of all the stereotypes that women have and continue to suffer, the "women can be pretty or inteligent, never both" has endured as one of the most damaging, stereotypical with misogynist roots of them all. Despite this, today I would like to talk about a woman who completely changed the world we live in today: Miss Hedy Lamarr.

Hedwig Kiesler (better known as Hedy Lamarr) was born in Vienna on 1914, being a descendant of a bourgeois family of Jews. She was considered a gifted child, standing out because of her intelligence. Attracted by art, at age 19 she gave up her already-started engineering career to join the world of the show, where she is remembered for making the first commercial female nude in the history of cinema. That experience of her life attracted the attention of Friedrich Mandl, who would end up arranging a marriage with Hedy's parents. Her, of course, describes these years as immense slavery, primarily because her husband who was a very jealous and possesive man, used to lock her in the house house they both shared and did not let her perform any task that involved nakedness without his presence (yes, this includes bathing). Hedy took advantage of the jealousy of her husband, who forced her to accompany him to his work meetings where he provided combat aircraft and ammunition to the Nazis, to obtain information about the weapons technology of the time. In her loneliness she began her engineering studies again.

She end up escaping from her confinement with the help of her lover, a woman who worked as her housekeeper. She took a train to Paris, and then moved to London where she was able to continue her career as an actress.

On the other hand, because of her husband and his business, Hedy had knowledge about the Nazi horrors. Therefore she offered to the government of the United States all the confidential information she had. In addition, she considered that her intelligence could contribute to the Allied victory, so she went to work for the achievement of new military technologies. She knew that the governments resisted the production of a guided missile for fear that the control signals would be intercepted or easily interfered with by the enemy, and that they could render the invention useless or even use it against them. Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil received the patent number 2,292,387 for their secret communication system. This early version of the jump in frequency, a technique of modulation of signals in expanded spectrum, used a pair of drums perforated and synchronized (as a pianola) to change between 88 frequencies, and was designed to build radio-controlled torpedoes that could not detect the enemies. The government decided that the invention would not have an early use, due to the need to move from a mechanical system to an electronic one. This was achieved by Sylvania Electronics, in 1957, and its engineering team fully recognized the patent to Lamarr and Antheil. Today, many voice and data oriented systems, both civilian and military, employ spread spectrum systems, and more and more applications are found. One proof of this is that between 1995 and 1997 more than 1200 ideas related to the spread spectrum were patented.

Thanks to technological advances, at the beginning of the 1980s, the frequency switching allowed to implement the Wi-Fi data communication.

Having said all this, we conclude that after all the stereotypes and obstacles to which women have been and continue to be subjected, the female sex has made a great contribution to various fields, and most of the time these contributions are not They have been accredited to us as we deserved. Women like Hedy Lamarr are not usually mentioned in history books, do not talk about it in schools or mention it in a gender discussion. But it is important that all of us know their history and look to their example when we think that this patriarchal system will not let us fulfill our dreams.

- @stillfeelinglove