Animus is the archetype of male in the female. It’s what creates tomboys and characters like Maggie Fitzgerald, the female boxer Hilary Swank won an Oscar portraying in Million Dollar Baby. Or it’s Albert Nobbs, the male butler played so convincingly by Glenn Close. Animus is what gave Jane Austen the nerve to write at a time when it was considered unladylike be a novelist, and it’s what gave Amelia Earhart the balls to fly. It’s also what propels you to a top position in a company where glass ceilings and good old boy networks are firmly in place. The animus is what helps women compete with the most aggressive men. It makes them feel they can wear the pants at work or at home, even while being maternal. Success for many comes from giving all aspects of their archetype the chance to shine.