Our Favorite Super Women... And How They Do It.
David Berning is an Editorial Intern at Big Think. He is currently pursuing a major in financial management and minors in both economics and philosophy at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. David is a keen advocate of education and a strong proponent of creative learning.
What's the Big Idea?
Every culture in history has had an archetype of the wise woman. Throughout history, the voices of these women have been categorically suppressed. But now, more than ever, smart, independent women -- past and present -- are being embraced, recognized, and listened to. Of course, there's a long way left to go, but let's take a moment to celebrate the fact that so many women around the world are now in positions of high authority in business, politics, science, and the arts.
An elevated sense of social mobility has led many women to follow the opportunities created by our cultural pioneers, as they suspend their conventional life trajectories in pursuit of illustrious professional careers.
The women presented here have all managed to find success in their personal and professional lives, often by integrating the two. Let us know: who did we forget? Who shouldn't have made the cut? Who else should be on the list?
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The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think
The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.
The results come from a 15-year study that used ultrasound scans to track blood vessels in middle-aged adults starting in 2002.
- The study measured the stiffness of blood vessels in middle-aged patients over time.
- Stiff blood vessels can lead to the destruction of delicate blood vessels in the brain, which can contribute to cognitive decline.
- The scans could someday become a widely used tool to identify people at high risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's.
What defines a dark horse? The all-important decision to pursue fulfillment and excellence.
When we first set the Dark Horse Project in motion, fulfillment was the last thing on our minds. We were hoping to uncover specific and possibly idiosyncratic study methods, learning techniques, and rehearsal regimes that dark horses used to attain excellence. Our training made us resistant to ambiguous variables that were difficult to quantify, and personal fulfillment seemed downright foggy. But our training also taught us never to ignore the evidence, no matter how much it violated our expectations.
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