Marić and Einstein divorced in 1919, and Marić never claimed credit for any of Einstein’s work during her lifetime. And there is little tangible evidence to support the claims that Marić was a co-author of Einstein’s first major work. That said, there are plenty of personal testimonies from those who knew Marić and Einstein that her involvement was likely.
In any case, Marić’s story speaks to the sexism in academia and scientific fields at the time. In order to receive an education in physics and mathematics, Mileva had to surmount obstacles her husband never worried about. She was ultimately denied a diploma after her time in university. She struggled to manage the responsibilities of motherhood with career ambition. Whether or not Marić had her hand in the 1905 paper, gender discrimination ensured that she would not achieve her potential. Imagine if Mileva Marić had been a man.Yet to this day, her name is recognizable only in connection with her husband’s.