Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
by Caroline Criado Perez
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez 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.
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“One reason that people have often formed not-particularly-accurate ideas about women’s situation in the world is because, in fact, there hasn’t been much data, and when the data has been collected, it has been collected with bias. And when it’s reported, it’s reported with bias, or the women’s part of the data hasn’t been reported at all. It’s a sweeping bias, from a research point of view, to exclude half the population. That’s really inexcusable. Caroline Criado Perez’s Invisible Women book is very accessible. It’s not wonky.” Read more...
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Linda Scott, Economist
“She goes through a number of examples, the ways in which design of everything from urban planning to healthcare and drug development has been based on men’s experiences. Gender bias has literally been built into the things that we use with sometimes awful effects. It is a polemical book. It’s a book that is right on message in terms of what I was describing earlier, the scepticism about technology and the way tech companies use data. The list of things she cites suggests we need to put them right, or at least take account of the fact that they may be wrong. The book is full of super quotable examples from across a whole range of sectors. It’s powerful.” Read more...
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Andrew Hill, Journalist
“Invisible Women is an exposé of just how much of the world around us is designed around the default male. Deploying a huge range of data and examples, Caroline Criado Perez, who is a writer, broadcaster and award winning campaigner, presents on overwhelming case for change. Every page is full of facts and data that support her fundamental contention that in a world built for and by men, gender data gaps, biases and blind spots are ubiquitous … The book, with all its passion and energy, is not about blame or conspiracy. It is a relentless and compelling appeal to examine the facts, to learn from the data, in key areas to seek much more contextualised data.” Read more...
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Nigel Shadbolt, Technologist
Caroline Criado Perez narrates the audiobook of Invisible Women herself. With her passion, she brings alive the importance and wide-ranging consequences of past design gender bias.
Narrator: Caroline Criado Perez
Length: 9 hours and 24 minutes