Book Review: The Genius of Women by Janice Kaplan @DuttonBooks @JaniceKaplan2 #TheGeniusofWomen #partner #booksonthebookshelf #netgalley #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLICATION DATE: February 18th, 2020

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


Thank you to the publisher, Dutton, for gifting me an eARC of this novel to read via NetGalley.



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 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.



When you think of a genius, which names comes to mind? Do you think of the usual mentions such as Albert Einstein, and Leonardo da Vinci? If you were asked to name a female genius, who would you think of? You might find yourself having to think longer and harder for a name. Many people have previously thought of geniuses as being male… often forgetting female geniuses. I love how Kaplan explores and challenges this way of thinking and bringing to light the fact that geniuses can in fact be women. Men aren’t the only ones who are capable of being true geniuses.

Kaplan writes this novel in a very interesting way that grabs your attention and make you question any previous teachings and thoughts about what constitutes a genius. A lot of research went into this novel and was truly an enjoyable read as you read through each chapter. I enjoyed reading about the many women geniuses in this novel who paved the way to their own success in the face of a male-dominated world.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this book, on sale tomorrow – February 18th, 2020!


MY RATING: 5/5 stars

One thought on “Book Review: The Genius of Women by Janice Kaplan @DuttonBooks @JaniceKaplan2 #TheGeniusofWomen #partner #booksonthebookshelf #netgalley #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

  1. Great premise for a book. We should certainly acknowledge that women make brilliant contributions right alongside men. Go girls! 😊


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