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To understand some of the most famous men and their work, sometimes you have to look at the women who stood with them.

For Women’s History Month, we looked at notable men who left behind well-known, impactful legacies — and then we looked at the women who encouraged, inspired and worked alongside them. Because when we talk about “great men” we too often forget about the great women around them. From wives who advocated alongside their husbands, to a secretary who helped what is arguably the world’s most popular band in history, here are eight women who made a huge impact on the lives of famous men, and who were seriously accomplished on their own.

Coretta Scott King, wife to Martin Luther King Jr.

As her husband, Martin Luther King Jr., made strides in the civil rights movement, Coretta Scott King joined him every step of the way, while also making strides of her own. Along with helping pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act, King kept her husband’s important message alive after his assassination in 1968 in the form of The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta.

Lula Mae Hardaway, mother to Stevie Wonder

If you love the hook in Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed Delivered (I’m Yours),” you can thank his mom, Lula Mae Hardaway. According to the Los Angeles Times, the songwriter not only supported her soul singing son’s love for music, but co-wrote other songs with him like “I Was Made To Love Her.”

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