Susan Pinker is a psychologist and award-winning newspaper columnist who writes about social science and interpersonal issues in her column in the Globe and Mail. She has worked as a clinical psychologist for twenty-six years and has taught at the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology at McGill University. She lives in Montreal with her husband and three children.
"Presented with flair, sensitivity, and determination, Pinker's penetrating conclusions shed important new light on how gender differences affect every strata of contemporary existence." -- Booklist "Susan Pinker's The Sexual Paradox is meticulously researched, brilliantly argued and thoroughly persuasive. It moves the debate over sex differences to a new level of sophistication." -- Christina Hoff Sommers, author of Who Stole Feminism? and The War Against Boys "The Sexual Paradox highlights some central puzzles about exceptional men and women. Why did Einstein never complete his PhD? Or Cavendish, Farraday, Darwin, and Bill Gates never complete their degrees or even drop out of university? And why do high-flying business women not behave like their male counterparts? Susan Pinker's wide-ranging look at the nature of the sexes is a highly readable and welcome contribution to this perennial debate." -- Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Cambridge University, author of The Essential Difference "All these many years of running a business, I thought I was an anomaly. Susan Pinker's work has grounded my intuitions in reality: a woman's success is going to knock the spiritual stuffing right out of her if she tries to come at it from traditional angles. Instead she must invent a workplace that not only provides food for the table but gives social and emotional meaning to her life. Susan Pinker helps you understand that it's not you that's crazy, it's the system." -- Margot Franssen, social activist and co-founder of The Body Shop Canada "In this marvelous book, Susan Pinker presents a fascinating analysis of "the gender gap," introducing a continuous flow of exciting ideas and new insights into old problems and controversies. It's a pleasure to read a book that is so informative and entertaining about a complex topic that is rarely examined, as it is here, from all points of view." -- Ron Melzack, E.P. Taylor Professor Emeritus, in the Department of Psychology, McGill University "Pinker crafts a biologically based and sure-to-be-controversial examination of sex differences between "fragile men" and gifted women who opt out of successful careers. A valuable demonstration of how discounting biology during the last 40 years has done a disservice, especially to men." -- Kirkus "Fascinating, insightful and deeply captivating. Every thinking man and woman should read this book." -- Louann Brizendine, M.D., author of The Female Brain