Book Review – Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men By Caroline Criado-Perez

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

Invisible Women is the book I cannot unsee. I cannot ride in a car without thinking of how the safety features were not made to protect me as a female passenger. I can no longer take medicine without worrying that it was never properly tested on women. I cannot open a pickle jar without wondering if the reason I struggle to open it might be because the grip was made for a male-sized hand. 

Author Caroline Criado-Perez delivers a thoroughly researched and damning historical account of how society has sorely neglected over half of the human population. Through a seemingly endless list of shocking historical examples, she lays out how advancements in safety, medicine, economics, and technology are all based on data that is biased towards the male population in ways you’ve likely never realized or appreciated. I recommend Invisible Women to everyone who will listen, but the lessons from this book are especially crucial for policymakers, researchers working with population data, and anyone who is, or has encountered, a female. Invisible Women opens our eyes to how a world designed for men harms women. 

Other books by Caroline Criado-Perez:
Do it Like a Woman 


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