The Real Way to Figure Out How Smart Someone Is | by Jessica Wildfire | Aug, 2021 | Medium

[T]he word genius is gendered. The word itself evokes images of disheveled men. Everyone knows what Albert Einstein looks like. Do you know what Lise Meitner looks like? Do you even know who she is? She discovered nuclear fission, but it was her male colleague Otto Hahn who received the Nobel Prize for her work.The word genius comes from a sexist heritage. Kant himself thought women were barely human, utterly incapable of rational thought.(So did Aristotle.)For most of history, women have been excluded. Pick up a book on history or philosophy by a best-selling author. How many great female historical figures does it mention? Probably not that many.

Source: The Real Way to Figure Out How Smart Someone Is | by Jessica Wildfire | Aug, 2021 | Medium

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