BWW Review: RENWOMEN: WHAT MODERN RENAISSANCE WOMEN HAVE TO TEACH US ABOUT LIVING RICH, FULFILLING LIVES by Dale Griffiths Stamos & W. Scott Griffiths
This year, America reached an important milestone in nominating the first female major-party candidate in the history of the presidential race. Clinton's presidential bid--and subsequent defeat by a candidate who doesn't inspire hope for any strides towards gender equality (or even sensitivity)--has women's rights on the forefront of social discussion. Authors Dale Griffiths Stamos and W. Scott Griffiths contribute to this discussion with RenWomen, a book that presents a premise of the new "Renaissance" and the culture of women who define it. Like the "renaissance man," a "RenWoman's" successes aren't dependent on high-level accomplishments in one field. These women have realized goals by balancing a variety of skills that span work, play, and family life. RenWomen champions the idea that "high-powered" does not necessarily equate to "better," and recognizes the importance of constantly learning new skills to maintain relevance in a world of rapidly evolving technology.
Stamos defines the modern RenWoman as a woman with the availability to master many crafts--"an adapt-or-perish breed." With the ability to apply seemingly unrelated skills to new positions, RenWomen can thrive in a variety of situations. Creativity is a RenWoman's strength in what Stamos refers to as an "information-on-demand" society.
Writer Jenn Lee, in an elitedaily.com blog entitled "On Being a Modern Day Renaissance Individual: This Is No Time to Be a One-Trick Pony," describes herself as a medical professional "with a bachelor's degree in business and a penchant for art." Lee says that spending her time pursuing passion projects prevented her from devoting her life to one single career path. "This was often dismissed as being indecisive or noncommittal," Lee says, "but . . . innovation does not spark from something new, but rather, from a new perspective on something old. Art provides the creativity and out-of-box mentality that is fundamental for advancing in the fields of math and science."