What is genius? How is it defined, why is it important—and why do NINETY PERCENT of Americans still, in 2019, think that geniuses are more likely to be men? New York Times bestselling journalist Janice Kaplan dives in, both to explore why and figure out how to make change happen.
As long as the word genius has existed it’s been narrowly defined and understood. Surveys show that when anyone, male or female, is asked to name a genius, the answers are predictable—Albert Einstein. Leonardo Da Vinci. Steve Jobs. But when the same group of people are asked to name a female genius, they can only come up with ONE name: Marie Curie.
Janice Kaplan, the New York Times bestselling author of The Gratitude Diaries, set out to find out why, using her unique mix of memoir, narrative, and a sprinkling of self-help. Through interviews with neuroscientists, psychologists, and yes, a large number of actual female geniuses, she proves in this book that genius isn’t just about talent—it’s about having that talent recognized, both historically, and, surprisingly, today.
As Janice explains, you can think of genius as the place where extraordinary ability meets celebrity. Women historically had only half the equation—the ability but not the celebrity. Their talent went unnoticed. Yet across the generations, even when they face less-than-perfect circumstances, women geniuses have created brilliant and original work. And after reading this book, readers will learn how to break down those historical and surprisingly unshakable barriers, and learn so much from female geniuses about ignoring obstacles, finding your own path, and moving forward to find success.