Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

by Caroline Criado Perez
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

by Caroline Criado Perez


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#1 International Bestseller
“A rallying cry to fight back.” —Sunday Times (London)
Winner, 2019 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award
Winner, 2019 Royal Society Science Book Prize

Data is fundamental to the modern world. From economic development, to healthcare, to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. But because so much data fails to take into account gender, because it treats men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are baked into our systems.

And women pay tremendous costs for this bias in time, money, and sometimes with their lives. Celebrated feminist advocate Caroline Criado Perez investigates the shocking root cause of gender inequality and research in Invisible Women, diving into women’s lives at home, the workplace, the public square, the doctor’s office, and more. Chapters here include:
  • Can Snow-Clearing Be Sexist
  • The Myth of Meritocracy
  • The Henry Higgins Effect
  • One-Size-Fits-Men
  • Yentl Syndrome
  • From Purse to Wallet
  • Women’s Rights Are Human Rights
Perez writes in her preface, “It’s when women are able to step out from the shadows with their voices and their bodies that things start to shift. The gaps close. And so, at heart, Invisible Women is also a call for change. For too long we have positioned women as a deviation from standard humanity and this is why they have been allowed to become invisible. It’s time for a change in perspective. It’s time for women to be seen.”

Built on hundreds of studies in the US, the UK, and around the world, and written with energy, wit, and sparkling intelligence, this is a groundbreaking, unforgettable exposé that will change the way you look at the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419729072
Publisher: Abrams Press
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 176,419
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Caroline Criado Perez is a writer, broadcaster, and feminist activist, named Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year and OBE by the Queen. She has a degree in English language and literature from the University of Oxford, and she studied behavioral and feminist economics at the London School of Economics. She lives in London.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction: The Default Male 1

Part I Daily Life 27

Chapter 1 Can Snow-Clearing be Sexist? 29

Chapter 2 Gender Neutral With Urinals 47

Part II The Workplace 67

Chapter 3 The Long Friday 69

Chapter 4 The Myth of Meritocracy 92

Chapter 5 The Henry Higgins Effect 112

Chapter 6 Being Worth Less Than a Shoe 128

Part III Design 143

Chapter 7 The Plough Hypothesis 145

Chapter 8 One-Size-Fits-Men 157

Chapter 9 A Sea of Dudes 169

Part IV Going to the Doctor 193

Chapter 10 The Drugs Don't Work 195

Chapter 11 Yentl Syndrome 217

Part V Public Life 237

Chapter 12 A Costless Resource to Exploit 239

Chapter 13 From Purse to Wallet 254

Chapter 14 Women's Rights are Human Rights 265

Part VI When it Goes Wrong 287

Chapter 15 Who Will Rebuild? 289

Chapter 16 It's Not the Disaster that Kills You 296

Afterword 310

Acknowledgements 319

Endnotes 322

Index 392

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