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The Athena Doctrine by John Gerzema & Michael D'Antonio

Over the past couple of years, I have become increasingly interested in the topic of women and leadership thanks in large part to my amazing wife. My wife is definitely a leader. People seem to warm up to her almost immediately, but things are far from perfect for her. Unfortunately, I have personally witnessed my wife being treated differently simply because she is a woman. It is incredibly frustrating to see a colleague treat my differently than they would treat me. I physically feel the frustration in my gut.

Now being a father to a beautiful baby girl, I am even more committed to understanding the cultural frustrations of women today.

I saw The Athena Doctrine at a conference and it looked quite interesting but to put it simply, The Athena Doctrine was not what I expected.

I don’t think the book was poorly written, I just did not understand why the authors decided to do a study attributing certain characteristics to a specific gender. On top of that, I did not find much value in that initial study.

I think our educated society knows the right answers, but putting them into play is the difficult part. We can ask the question: Are men and women equal in their abilities? Most Americans would say yes, however reality says something different. Thus, the study says feminine leadership qualities will be the future, but will reality say the same thing?

Again, I don’t dislike with this book. I found the chapters interesting. I even did research on Iceland’s Constitution after reading about it in this book. However, the “crowdsourced” constitution described in the book actually failed and has never been adopted, which led me to question the rest of the stories included.