Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valued. If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you're a woman.
Invisible Women 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.
Award-winning campaigner and writer 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 excluded from the very building blocks of the world we live in, and the impact this has on their health and wellbeing. From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, urban planning and the media – Invisible Women reveals the biased data that excludes women. In making the case for change, this powerful and provocative book will make you see the world anew.
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
"Invisible Women takes on the neglected topic of what we don't know - and why. The result is a powerful, important and eye-opening analysis of the gender politics of knowledge and ignorance."
"entertaining, scholarly and so very important."
Dr Adam Rutherford
"a blisteringly good book... never less than eye-opening, and frequently staggering"
Caroline Criado Perez shines her penetrating gaze on the absence of women from the creation of most societal norms [...] Arm yourself with this book and press it into the hands of everyone you know. It is utterly brilliant! "
Helena Kennedy, QC
DO IT LIKE A WOMAN
Every day, all around the world, women are reinventing what it means to be female in cultures where power, privilege or basic freedoms are all too often equated with being male. Here, Caroline Criado Perez, one of the most vocal and tenacious campaigners of her generation, introduces us to some of these pioneering women. We meet the first woman to cross the Antarctic alone; we meet a female fighter pilot in Afghanistan; we meet a climate change activist who scaled new heights; we meet a Chilean revolutionary turned politician; we meet the Russian punks who rocked out against Putin; and we meet the Iranian journalist who dared to uncover her hair.
Publisher: Portobello Books
“The book reads as an extended and immersive piece of investigative journalism, strong on sound facts and figures, finding interconnections and then leaving readers space to draw our own conclusions.”
Eleanor Marx, New Statesman
“Striking…it is refreshing to read a feminist work informed by lives far removed from that of the author. […]She works the numbers well, too, never overloading the reader with data, but releasing it in digestible bursts, with a feel for the not-strictly-necessary but intriguing […]She is as comfortable synthesising scientific data on how infant boys and girls are responded to by carers […] as she is unpicking the media’s representation of women.”
Sophie Elmhirst, The Guardian
“A must-read, put it on the curriculum.”
Katy Harrington, The Irish Independent
“Rousing and immensely readable. Best Non-Fiction.”