Janice Kaplan: The Genius of Women (A Union League Club Event)

The Union League Club hosts a luncheon event with special guest Janice Kaplan, journalist and author of The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World. This is a ticketed event, call The Book Stall at 847-446-8880 to reserve your spot. 

Please note that The Club has a dress code of business casual: no denim or leisure wear, please.

About the Book:

"From science, technology, and math to literature, art, and psychology, Kaplan presents a diverse cast...Kaplan's coverage of this broad-reaching topic is as deep and diverse as women's abilities." -- Kirkus

"Kaplan's research into the history of women geniuses is thorough, illuminating, and - dare I say it - pure genius."  -- Voices Review

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.

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.

Event date: 

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Event address: 

Union League Club
65 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604
The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524744212
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Dutton - February 18th, 2020

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.