The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World

The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World

by Janice Kaplan

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Overview

We tell girls that they can be anything, so why do 90 percent of Americans believe that geniuses are almost always men? New York Times bestselling journalist and creator and host of the podcast The Gratitude Diaries 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, the New York Times bestselling 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.
 
Across the generations, even when they face less-than-perfect circumstances, women geniuses have created brilliant and original work. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524744212
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/18/2020
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 125,531
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Janice Kaplan has enjoyed wide success as a magazine editor, television producer, writer, and journalist. The former editor in chief of Parade magazine, she is the author or coauthor of fourteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Gratitude Diaries and I'll See You Again. She lives in New York City and Kent, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Part 1 Genius Isn't What You Think

Chapter 1 Why You've Never Heard of Lise Meitner 13

Chapter 2 The Outrageous Bias Against Mozart's Sister 29

Chapter 3 Einstein's Wife and the Theory of Relativity 46

Chapter 4 How a Teenage Nun Painted The Last Supper 67

Chapter 5 Why Italian Women Are Better than You at Math 86

Chapter 6 Rosalind Franklin and the Truth About the Female Brain 104

Part 2 The Geniuses Among Us

Chapter 7 Why Fei-Fei Li Should Be on the Cover of Vanity Fair 117

Chapter 8 The Astrophysicist Who Does Not Need Tom Cruise 133

Chapter 9 Broadway's Tina Landau Contains Multitudes 150

Chapter 10 RBG and the Genius of Being a Cuddly Goat 166

Chapter 11 The Dark Lord Trying to Kill Off Women Scientists 180

Part 3 How Women Geniuses Fight… and Win

Chapter 12 Battling the Anel-Cinderella Complex 199

Chapter 13 Why Oprah Wanted to Be a Beauty Queen 214

Chapter 14 Geena Davis and the Problem of Being Nice 232

Chapter 15 Frances Arnold Knew She Was Right (and Then She Won the Nobel Prize) 249

Chapter 16 How to Succeed in Business by Wearing Elegant Scarves 265

Chapter 17 Why Sally Michel Was a Genius Painter and Mrs. Milton Avery Was Not 279

Chapter 18 The Game-Changing Power of Genius Women 300

Acknowledgments 309

Notes 311

Index 325

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