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THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER'HELL YES This is one of those books that has the potential to change things a monumental piece of research' Caitlin MoranImagine a world where Your phone is too big for your hand Your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body In a car accident you are 47%likely to be injuredIf any of that sounds familiar chances are you're a womanFrom government policy and medical research to technology workplaces and the media Invisible Women reveals how in a world built for and by men we are systematically ignoring half of the population often with disastrous conseuences 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 profound impact this has on us allDiscover the shocking gender bias that affects our everyday lives'A book that changes the way you see the world' Sunday Times 'Revelatory frightening hopeful' Jeanette Winterson. This was an incredibly enlightening book It was also shocking I had no idea of the extent that bias occurs in the collection of data the research using the data and the application of that data to solving problems and designing innovation in the real world It s as though as the title of the book suggests women are completely invisible I will never look at research data or the world in the same way again This is a must read for women and men We need to speak out about this Fight with women who are forced to live in a world designed for men and where women must constantly be made to feel out of place Get this book Read it And resist object speak up After reading this book the world is a different place for me and I hope I never forget the lessons I have learned in reading it

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

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER'HELL YES This is one of those books that has the potential to change things a monumental piece of research' Caitlin MoranImagine a world where Your phone is too big for your hand Your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body In a car accident you are 47% likely to be injuredIf any of that sounds familiar chances are you're a womanFrom government policy and medical research to technology workplaces and the media Invisible Women reveals how in a world built for and by men we are systematically ignoring half of the population often with disastrous conseuences 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 profound impact this has on us allDiscover the shocking gender bias that affects our everyday lives'A book that changes the way you see the world' Sunday Times 'Revelatory frightening hopeful' Jeanette Winterso. Brilliant book but left mt so frustrated at the shortsightedness of society

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NTHE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER'HELL YES This is one of those books that has the potential to change things a monumental piece of research' Caitlin MoranImagine a world where Your phone is too big for your hand Your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body In a car accident you are 47% likely to be injuredIf any of that sounds familiar chances are you're a womanFrom government policy and medical research to technology workplaces and the media Invisible Women reveals how in a world built for and by men we are systematically ignoring half of the population often with disastrous conseuences 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 profound impact this has on us allDiscover the shocking gender bias that affects our everyday lives'A book that changes the way you see the world' Sunday Times 'Revelatory frightening hopeful' Jeanette Winters. I bought this book intending it to be a gift for a family member We have a shared interest in statistics and this seemed like a good punt Unfortunately it will not be passed onFirstly the positivesThe author is clearly very passionate about her field and has put together a truly awe inspiring set of statistics that completely support the stance that women are biased against in society This clearly needs to change and there are some very good examples of where this could be done easily and effectively It has been an eye opener to me to consider some of the examples brought up crash test dummies drug testing and outdated sexist guidance in a number of areasThe negativesThere is a consistent pattern of stating a set of statistics and then expressing an opinion that this is an example of gender bias which could be fixed with gender disaggregated data On a first read the conclusions which seem consistently that men make decisions and that those decisions are implicitly designed to make women worse off off are not entirely supportable by the statistics gatheredAs an example snow sweeping which is carried out by clearing the main roads first and then minor roads The statement made is that this is biased against women as this benefits those commuting by car men and harms physically those who travel on minor roads as pedestrian women The conclusion that data should have been gathered which included women to prevent this bad decisionFirstly it could be plausible that the decision makers being commuters by car themselves might have made a decision based upon their experience This is in and off itself is decoupled from gender One could imagine a mixed panel of working men and working women making the same poor decision with eual gender representationSecondly the bias that exists seems to be that men benefit from the status uo than women due to the nature of the jobs they do paid work full time greater male proportion The imbalance here is not how streets are cleared but who the jobs are carried out by so addressing gender bias via the job market would be a better path to removing the gender bias without addressing the poor decision making of how to clear snowThirdly if one were to gather gender dis aggregated data this might incentivise eual gender participation However this does not guarantee that the set of people involved were from different selection groups and might still exclude those people that do not commute via main roads I am sure plenty of women also benefited from the main road first approach so one could imagine a poll of opinions which covers 5050 by gender but excludes non commutersAll of the above are independent on what the best way to clear snow is and what we even mean by best in this context cheapest for execution reducing road accidents reducing hospital attendanceI ve already fixated on this one example too much there are others but if you have read this far I risk boring you too much The issues raised in the book could probably accurately be expressed as a journey into poor decision making by excluding groups given selection bias The biases are not specifically gender and do not generally indicate a bias against women there are other biases and poor decision making at play that predominantly harm women as a side effect although there are also examples of terrible bias that deserve to be considered crash test dummies for everyone pleaseI think the author sets off with an axe to grind and spends the book grinding it If you are feminist or pro euality with a view that the world is biased there will be a lot to enjoy here If you attack it objectively there are still some gems with regards to systemic bias but there are plenty of opinions that do not bear up to analysisOverall a good book I think just lacking a level of objective scientific rigor that would have made it s message convincing


9 thoughts on “Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

  1. says:

    This was an incredibly enlightening book It was also shocking I had no idea of the extent that bias occurs in the collection of data the research using the data and the application of that data to solving problems and des

  2. says:

    Eye opening read difficult to put down

  3. says:

    So much I didn't know A great read

  4. says:

    Brilliant book but left mt so frustrated at the shortsightedness of society

  5. says:

    First things first the designer of this book was clearly on a roll The font is clear and delightful The italics in particular are so beautiful I had to take a picture of them and send it to my friend so he could appreciate them too The cover design is subtle and fantastic When you take the dustjacket off the overlaid blue male figur

  6. says:

    This book is amazing at opening the door on invisible bias unfortunately I am not a fan of the writing styleThe author makes fantastic points backs it up with great facts but then in an attempt to cement her point she will suddenly and needlessly jump to unrelated examples of sexism eg she makes fantastic eye opening points on why women's toilets should be bigger than men's but then jumps from discussing women's needs and toilet reuirement

  7. says:

    I bought this book intending it to be a gift for a family member We have a shared interest in statistics and this seemed like a good punt Unfortunately it will not be passed onFirstly the positivesThe author is clearly very passionate about her field and has put together a truly awe inspiring set of statistics that completely support the s

  8. says:

    Firstly this is a great read The reader is taken on a tour of an unknown yet familiar world as the author lays out the facts and costs of the gender data gap You can't get accurate answers if you don't have uality data or if you don't ask the right uestions in the first place This isn't presented as a conspiracy against women but as the result of just not seeing slightly than half the population in the data The

  9. says:

    Incredible book Brilliantly researched and backed up Easy to read not boring at all Read if you want to be miserable about the state of the world for women but also intelligent and having enjoyed a few jokes

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