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Invisible Women : Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

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THE #3 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

Discover the shocking gender bias that affects our everyday lives

'A rallying cry to fight back' Sunday Times

'Press this into the hands of everyone you know. It is utterly brilliant!' Helena Kennedy

'A game-changer; an uncompromising blitz of facts, sad, mad, bad and funny, making an unanswerable case and doing so brilliantly...the ambition and scope - and sheer originality - of Invisible Women is huge' The Times


Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valued.

If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you're a woman.

Invisible Women shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. It exposes the gender data gap - a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women's lives.

From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, urban planning and the media, Invisible Women reveals the biased data that excludes women.

Award-winning campaigner and writer Caroline Criado Perez brings together for the first time an impressive range of case studies, stories and new research from across the world that illustrate the hidden ways in which women are forgotten, and the impact this has on their health and well-being. In making the case for change, this powerful and provocative book will make you see the world anew.

Longlisted for the Financial Times and Kinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2019
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Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 39mm | 665g
  • CHATTO & WINDUS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784741728
  • 9781784741723
  • 823

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"A blisteringly good book... never less than eye-opening, and frequently staggering"
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"Revelatory - it should be required reading for policy and decision makers everywhere" -- Nicola Sturgeon "HELL YES. This is one of those books that has the potential to change things - a monumental piece of research" -- Caitlin Moran "This book is a devastating indictment of institutionalised complacency and a rallying cry to fight back... Invisible Women should propel women into action. It should also be compulsory reading for men" -- Christina Patterson * Sunday Times * "Invisible Women takes on the neglected topic of what we don't know - and why. The result is a powerful, important and eye-opening analysis of the gender politics of knowledge and ignorance. With examples from technology to natural disasters, this is an original and timely reminder of why we need women in the leadership of the institutions that shape every aspect of our lives." -- Cordelia Fine "Invisible Women is a game-changer; an uncompromising blitz of facts, sad, mad, bad and funny, making an unanswerable case and doing so brilliantly...the ambition and scope - and sheer originality - of Invisible Women is huge; no less than the story of what happens when we forget to account for half of humanity. It should be on every policymaker, politician and manager's shelves" -- Melanie Reid * The Times * "Hugely readable, packed with facts and insight. An important book written with humour and flair" -- Robert Webb "The thoroughness of Invisible Women doesn't detract from its absolute readability. This is entertaining, scholarly and so very important." -- Adam Rutherford "Here are the facts! Caroline Criado Perez shines her penetrating gaze on the absence of women from the creation of most societal norms - from algorithms to medicinal doses to government policy. Knowledge is power - we all need to know how our systems work if we want change. Arm yourself with this book and press it into the hands of everyone you know. It is utterly brilliant! " -- Helena Kennedy "Invisible Women is an absorbing cornucopia of thought-provoking facts - fascinating, alarming and face-palming in equal measures. Caroline Criado-Perez shows up the shortcomings of a world designed for men by men. The consequences of treating men as the default option, or women just as smaller men - if they get considered at all - has wide-reaching implications for everything (and everyone) from snow clearing to seat-belts and many branches of medicine. I shall certainly think of this book next time I have a heart attack, a car crash or just want to go to the toilet at the theatre." -- Professor Gina Rippon "A blisteringly good book... never less than eye-opening, and frequently staggering" * Bookseller * "It's a smart strategy to invite readers to view [a] timeworn topic through the revealing lens of data, bringing to light the hidden places where inequality still resides... Criado Perez wields data like a laser, slicing cleanly through the fog of unconscious and unthinking preferences." * Guardian * "Criado Perez comprehensively makes the case that seemingly objective data can actually be highly male-biased... Policymakers everywhere should take heed" -- Sarah Gordon * Financial Times * "Caroline Criado Perez brilliantly exposes the appalling gender bias that underpins the collection of data and how it's used. From medical treatments that fail to take female biology into account, to car safety features that are designed for the male body, women are the invisible 51%. This deeply researched and passionate book is the most important contribution to gender equality in years" -- Amanda Foreman "arguably one of the most important publications of the year" -- Susan Dalgety * Scotsman * "Wide-ranging and vastly well-informed, Invisible Women is a book that promises to transform the terms of the equality debate" -- Sarah Ditum * In the Moment, **Books to Look Out for in 2019** * "An eye-opening examination" -- Decca Aitkenhead * Sunday Times * "Anyone who doubts that we live in a world designed by and for men needs to read this book, with its implicit message that even what we've won so far can never be taken for granted." * Literary Review * "Invisible Women shines a light on the gender gap in data and what every woman needs to know about it" -- Joanne Finney * Good Housekeeping * "Jaw-dropping... This book is a snapshot of the dangers of a world designed to fit a minority" -- Barbara Speed * i * "Plain, detailed and almost overwhelming prose... There is no anger in Criado Perez's pages - she is too busy with evidence for that" -- Tanya Gold * UnHerd * "Invisible Women... is a book that changes the way you see the world" -- Allan Massie * Sunday Times * "The book's force doesn't derive from the power of its rhetoric - instead it's the steady, unrelenting accumulation of evidence, the sheer weight of her argument'" -- Sophie McBain * New Statesman * "Caroline Criado Perez brilliantly exposes the appalling gender bias that underpins the collection of data and how it's used. From medical treatments that fail to take female biology into account, to car safety features that are designed for the male body, women are the invisible 51%. This deeply researched and passionate book is the most important contribution to gender equality in years." -- Amanda Foreman "In Invisible Women...Caroline Criado Perez expounds the far-reaching consequences of the "default male" mode... She urges a realignment of priorities... [a] call to action" -- Mia Levitin * Times Literary Supplement * "Ending the biases she [Perez] exposes wouldn't just reduce inequality; it would, in some cases, save actual lives" * The Week, *Book of the Week* *
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About Caroline Criado Perez

Caroline Criado Perez is a writer, broadcaster and award-winning feminist campaigner. Her most notable campaigns have included co-founding The Women's Room, getting a woman on Bank of England banknotes, forcing Twitter to revise its procedures for dealing with abuse and successfully campaigning for a statue of suffragist Millicent Fawcett to be erected in Parliament Square. She was the 2013 recipient of the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year Award, and was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2015. Her first book, Do it Like a Woman, was published in 2015. She lives in London.
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