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Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

by Caroline Criado Perez

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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 often 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. 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 expose that will change the way you look at the world.

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This book was enlightening for me. I kind of knew that science has made male the default and female the exceptional case, but to see myriad examples and their negative consequences is just mind boggling. It may not cover intersectional demographics but that’s probably a whole other book on its own, and a far more depressing book at that. If you’re a scientist, you must read it and internalize the importance of not making any one demographic group the default to which all other groups must generalize. ( )
  AnniePettit | Mar 16, 2024 |
How are we so bad at intersectional feminism still. The information in here is not surprising if you're a woman, even if it's infuriating. What's more infuriating is the way trans and nonbinary people are completely ignored. You'd think we'd learn our lesson being excluded from so many aspects of the world that we shouldn't be excluding anyone else, but that's not the case here sadly. ( )
  KallieGrace | Feb 27, 2024 |
Quite a masterpiece. Abundance of clear examples to prove the hypothesis. Makes you open your eyes in everyday situations.
Though, on several instances correlation seems to be mixed up with causation. ( )
  mavave | Feb 14, 2024 |
This book is important, yet its content feels like common knowledge for most women.

I've rated it a 3 because the author seems inclined to defend and be there for individuals solely based on their gender. While there are many compelling reasons some stuff is just ridiculous.
For example, the book argues, "Apple designs iPhones exclusively for men's hands!" However, considering that a majority of iPhone users are women, it raises the question: Why would Apple alter their phones when women are actively purchasing and contributing to their success? Does the author genuinely anticipate a shift in the practices of the iPhone giant, and if so, for what compelling reason?
While acknowledging data gaps and the prevalence of female victimhood, the book lacks a balanced perspective and can be overly defensive.

It's worth noting that any critique may be met with accusations of bias, echoing the book's tendency to dismiss alternative perspectives. ( )
  selsha | Jan 31, 2024 |
Not a surprise but still a rage-inducing look at how the world is designed almost exclusively for men (the default human) while women are treated like a niche market for everything from health care to disaster planning. Endless examples were provided demonstrating the issues and shortage of data related to women. While this drove home the infuriating ubiquity of the problem it did make for a slightly one-note reading experience. But still highly recommended reading. ( )
  mmcrawford | Dec 5, 2023 |
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Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth.

Simone de Beauvoir
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For the women who persist: keep on being bloody difficult
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Most of recorded human history is one big data gap.
Introduction: The default male

Seeing men as the human default is fundamental to the structure of human society.
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Can snow-clearing be sexist?


It all started with a joke.
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The truth is that around the world, women continue to be disadvantaged by a working culture that is based on the ideological belief that male needs are universal, (Ch3 - The Long Friday, p86 hardback edition)
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Sociology. Women's Studies. Nonfiction. HTML:

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 often 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. 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 expose that will change the way you look at the world.

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