The Genius of Women: From Over­looked to Chang­ing The World

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September 1, 2019

We tell girls that they can be any­thing, so why do 90 per­cent of Amer­i­cans believe that genius­es are almost always men? The New York Times best­selling jour­nal­ist Jan­ice Kaplan explores the pow­er­ful forces that have rigged the sys­tem — and cel­e­brates the women genius­es past and present who have tri­umphed any­way. Even in this time of rethink­ing women’s roles, we define genius almost exclu­sive­ly through male achieve­ment. When asked to name a genius, peo­ple men­tion Albert Ein­stein, Leonar­do da Vin­ci, and Steve Jobs. As for great women? In one sur­vey, the only female genius any­one list­ed was Marie Curie. Jan­ice Kaplan, author of The Grat­i­tude Diaries, set out to deter­mine why the extra­or­di­nary work of so many women has been brushed aside. Using her unique mix of mem­oir, nar­ra­tive, and inspi­ra­tion, she makes sur­pris­ing dis­cov­er­ies about women genius­es now and through­out his­to­ry in fields from music to robot­ics. Through inter­views with neu­ro­sci­en­tists, psy­chol­o­gists, and dozens of women genius­es at work in the world today — includ­ing Nobel Prize win­ner Frances Arnold and AI expert Fei-Fei Li — she proves that genius isn’t just about tal­ent. It’s about hav­ing that tal­ent rec­og­nized, nur­tured, and cel­e­brat­ed. In The Genius of Women, you’ll learn how they ignored obsta­cles and broke down seem­ing­ly unshak­able bar­ri­ers. The genius­es in this mov­ing, pow­er­ful, and very enter­tain­ing book pro­vide more than inspi­ra­tion — they offer a clear blue­print to every­one who wants to find her own path and move for­ward with passion.

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