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Today's Takeaway with Florine Mark

May 31, 2021

With Bestselling Author, Journalist, and TV Producer Janice Kaplan


Did you know that 90% of Americans surveyed believe geniuses are almost always men? Who comes to mind when YOU think of the word “genius”? Why aren’t women on that list? Societal biases and the overwhelming messages on social media seem to suggest that women and young girls will be valued more for their physical appearance and how they present themselves than their intelligence or scholastic accomplishments. Are we subconsciously sabotaging young women by sending the wrong message? My guest today is New York Times bestselling author, television producer and journalist, Janice Kaplan, whom I originally interviewed in January of 2020. She’s the former editor-in-chief of Parade magazines where she was responsible for high-profile interviews such as President Barack Obama, Matt Damon, and Barbara Streisand. She’s written or co-written over a dozen books including The Gratitude Diaries, I’ll See You Again, and her latest book The Genius of Women. The book explores how women have been encouraged to hide their achievements over the years. This unconscious bias exists in science, the arts, and more. In this episode, we discuss how we can do a better job of bringing out the best in young girls today.


What You’ll Hear on This Episode:


  • What was Janice’s childhood like?


  • How did Janice get her early start in journalism?
  • What was it like first working in New York?
  • Does Janice have a favorite job?
  • What was it like interviewing Barbara Streisand and Matt Damon?
  • Why has Janice moved around to so many jobs?
  • Why did Janice write The Genius of Women?
  • Why does Janice think women aren’t perceived as geniuses?
  • How does Janice think we can change things for women?
  • How parents can raise well rounded children and still pursue their own accomplishments.
  • Does Janice think the current generation will raise kids differently than those before us?
  • What would Janice’s advice be for women out there?

    Brought to You By:

    Florine Mark

    Mentioned in This Episode: 

    Janice Kaplan

    The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World