The same attributes that make Dagny great also make John Galt great — and Aristotle, Michangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Isaac Newton. Rand dramatizes a crucial point in Dagny's character: Human greatness equals rational achievement irrespective of gender. Great human beings employ their intellectual ability to create the values on which human life depends. Stature of character is not gender-specific.A reader may question why Rand portrays Dagny as an engineer — as a genius specifically in the field of heavy industry. If Rand's purpose is to portray a woman's intellectual prowess — to show that a gender-based difference between a woman's cognitive functioning and a man's doesn't exist — why not present her as a great writer, mathematician, theoretical scientist, composer, or artist? Why does she portray her as a brilliantly creative industrialist? In addition to the relevant plot
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