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Women tend to choose work-life balance rather than the pursuit of eminence—although the choice is not entirely freely made
Try this simple thought experiment. Name 10 female geniuses from any period in history. Odds are you ran out of names pretty quickly. The message is clear: something is rotten in the state of genius.