On Our Blog: Women’s Talents: Alas, Shrugged

I was pleased to learn that the topic this week in my male-dominated political discussion group would be Ayn Rand. If you don’t know, Ayn Rand is a famed female philosopher and author of the novel, Atlas ShruggedShe was no feminist—some would say she was the opposite—but she was strong in her principles, a master of her craft, and admirable for those reasons.

“Why?” we asked.

Imagine my surprise when one discussion leader stated his opinion of her philosophies: “I tend to agree with her, but I don’t take her seriously.”

“I can’t get past her face.”

And so I was reminded of an age-old injustice: women who are not considered “pretty” cannot be admired as much as women who are…

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