William Marston, the man behind the world’s most popular female-led comic, was a feminist before most even knew what that meant.
The Wonder Woman creator championed women, worshipped them, even believed they were superior to men.
In fact, Marston loved women so much he had relationships with two of them, at once.
A psychologist with a PhD from Harvard University, Marston’s studies came at a time when the so-called First Wave Feminist movement was in full, sweeping swing.
Among those leading the push for was Margaret Sanger, a birth control activist who championed equality through female sexual autonomy. It was her philosophy that partly inspired Marston to take up his controversial three-way living and loving arrangement; himself, his wife Elizabeth Holloway, and Olive Byrne, a student from Tuft University, who happened to be Sanger’s niece.
According to The Atlantic, he simply came home one evening in 1926 and gave Holloway an ultimatum - Byrne joins us, or I leave.
And so the trio lived together in a sprawling home in Rye, New York, where there was, as Holloway later put it according to The Atlantic, “love making for all."
Holloway later claimed the arrangement was in fact the solution to the pervasive female dilemma: how to keep a home and a career. An accomplished psychology and law graduate, she chose the latter, while Byrne provided the former.