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Genius and Gender

Liza Mundy gets it right in this fantastic opinion piece. Genius is not gender-specific. Military heroes – be they on the battlefield or behind the scenes – are most often depicted as men. Yet, during World War II, more than half of the American code-breaking force was female. Over 10,000 women flexing their intellectual muscles to keep us safe. The military was visionary enough to give these women, most of whom were excluded from their chosen fields, an opportunity to use their talents. We all benefitted.

Why haven’t we ingrained this lesson? Economists have told us over and over again, there is value in diversity. Science has assured us that ingenuity belongs to all genders. Yet, today we continue to confine leadership and technology to one gender and one race in this country.

As Liza so aptly puts it, “There is a lesson here for the tech bros.” In the noise of technological gain, we’ve lost sight of how to make the most lasting advances. We want innovation, strength and security. To get it, it’s time to acknowledge the presence, power and genius of the women who are making intellectual change each and every day.