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Invisible Women
Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men | Caroline Criado Perez
'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. With examples from technology to natural disasters, this is an original and timely reminder of why we need women in the leadership of the institutions that shape every aspect of our lives.' Cordelia Fine You've heard all about the Gender Pay Gap... Welcome to the Gender Data Gap Our world is largely built for and by men, in a system that can ignore half the population. This book will tell you how and why this matters In her new book, Invisible Women, award-winning campaigner and writer Caroline Criado Perez shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. She 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 womens lives. Caroline 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 exposes the biased data that excludes women. In making the case for change, this powerful and provocative book will make you see the world anew.
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Magslhalliday
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Not sure why this is still in the reading pile here: I finished it and lent it to my sister months ago. I don‘t agree with all of CCP‘s thinking but this book makes a powerful, data-driven case that unconscious sexism kills women and harms men.

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"Men go without saying, and women don't get said at all.” That quote is a gut punch because it is so true. At its core Invisible Women Caroline Criado Perez from Abrams Press is about discrimination. The data gap may not be malicious or even something done on purpose, but it exists and perpetuates gender inequality around the world in small and big ways. You can read the entire book review at https://onthebl.org/2019/09/16/invisible-women

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Readaholics
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It‘s hard to listen to all the ways women are disadvantaged by default of design. From medical care to bullet proof vests, some things just aren‘t designed for women in mind. The impact on income, status, mortality and more is just startling though. A must read to know the statistical risks we live with every day. fascinating...

Itchyfeetreader This was infuriating but such a great read 1mo
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Blaire
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Men are seen as the default gender to such an extent that women are forgotten in the data and this has led to outcomes that make life not only more inconvenient and uncomfortable for women, but dangerous with life-threatening conditions disregarded, unsafe designs, and many other impacts of gender bias. Eye-opening read. One can only hope that the world stops seeing women as atypical and too difficult to include in studies bc of hormones.

SW-T An eye opening read for sure! 1mo
Dogearedcopy John Oliver recently did a segment about gender bias in women‘s health care! It was a bit shocking: Women are basically seen as men “with extras” physiologically speaking and, as a result women‘s health issues are often trivialized or dismissed. This book sounds like a great way to dig deeper into the topic! (edited) 1mo
Blaire @Dogearedcopy yes! She looks at this phenomenon in all area - bus route design, refugee camp setup, health, leave policies. And does it without it seeming dry at all but with lots of citations and vivid examples. 1mo
Blaire @SW-T yes! I‘m excited to discuss it with my book club. 1mo
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ontheBL
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"the chroniclers of the past have left little space for women's role in the evolution of humanity, whether cultural or biological. Instead, the lives of men have been taken to represent those of humans overall."

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ClairesReads
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Back on the audios and bloody loving this mates

kbuggle This looks good! How‘s the audio version?? 2mo
ClairesReads @kbuggle it‘s great- the version I‘ve got is read by the author 😊 2mo
kbuggle @ClairesReads might make this my next audio read! Thanks for the intel :) was struggling with my next direction! 2mo
ClairesReads @kbuggle awesome. I‘ve been struggling with the audio a bit recently, I‘ve started a few things then haven‘t finished them, but this one is a real improvement 2mo
jillrhudy My daughter who is a UX designer was describing this to me and I was trying to find it. Thanks!
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SW-T
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If you‘re human, you should read this. Can‘t say enough good things about it, but it speaks for itself.

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NotCool
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I realized I want to shout large portions of this from the rooftop. That will make me fun at parties. But if you get a chance, I recommend this book.

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SW-T
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Not finished yet, but this is so good! It‘s one of those books you feel that everyone needs to read.

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wyvernfriend
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This is not a book to be taken lightly. I'm sure there are people who would say that this is too feminist or some such, however this catalogue of how at least 50% of the population are treated as ignorable and hysterical when the received wisdom clashes with fact.

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SW-T
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Reading and eating-it‘s the little things sometimes 😊

Made three jars and half a jar is gone already. Love leekchi omelettes 😋

http://www.pbs.org/food/kitchen-vignettes/leekchi/

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mobygrapes
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Wow. This is required reading. Excuse me while I build a bunker to live in because I‘m now very afraid for my life as a woman but no biggie.

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wyvernfriend

Oh man, women are just not taken into account. I have had people comment about how our kitchen is low, yes, because I'm short. Apparently people don't ask for their kitchen to be lower. I've just got to the part where Piano Keyboards are not women friendly, yeah, it's the reason I only got to grade 7 (out of 8 then diploma in music) I could feel the active damage I was doing and with a ganglion already I didn't want more.

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Lea
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This is an important book. It‘s one of those books you want to buy a million copies of and give to everyone (er, man, every man). It‘s also one of those books that will only be read by the people who already get it sadly. It will enrage you, make you want to burn it all down. But it‘s worth it. #readwomen #audiobook

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rabbitprincess
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This book indirectly/unintentionally gave me the perfect understanding of the value of gender-based analysis and the sorts of initiatives it can inspire. It highlights so many areas where women are shortchanged in society and even includes examples of success -- we just need to get on with it and get some stuff done! This book pairs well with Inferior, by Angela Saini.

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TrishB
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When you find an inaccuracy in a book that‘s about data facts - and I know this is inaccurate as it‘s part of my job- how do you trust all the other facts??
The first TEF results were published in 2017....a simple google search would tell you this so why she‘s saying 2020 I don‘t know 🤷‍♀️

Melissa_J Yup, that would make me question everything else. 4mo
TheEllieMo Rather poor research - looks like she has misinterpreted the Wikipedia page (and I wouldn‘t even trust Wikipedia!) 4mo
TrishB @Melissa_J it‘s put me off the book now! 4mo
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TrishB @TheEllieMo a really bad interpretation! Even Wikipedia says published in 2017, what may be introduced in 2020 is link with fees (though that‘s now been ruled out!) 4mo
Kimzey Good catch! 4mo
jhod Grates!! 4mo
CoffeeK8 Oh, this is on my TBR and now I‘m worried about factuality 3mo
TrishB @CoffeeK8 I‘m putting it aside for now ☹️ I was finding it a good read, but that has deflated me. 3mo
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Pedrocamacho
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This book is largely about how the assumption of the male as the default harms women, their health, their prospects, their livelihood, and their families. One cannot escape how our entire society is harmed when women are underrepresented in companies, government, and data. One thing that will truly stick with me from this book is the question, “Has this data been sex-disaggregated?”

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Christinak
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Book Mail! Part two of my Christmas present from my Mom came today. ❤️📚
I‘m starting this one immediately!

#yearofreading #shakespeareandcompany

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Itchyfeetreader
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fascinating and infuriating! Perez takes you through a relentless summary of the ways in which the world treats male as the standard & female (if considered) an aberration. From office temps, city planning, politics and car safety through to a genuinely heartbreaking chapter on the medical industry this book warns us of the risks when women are excluded from data and how that risk accelerates as we become more automated. go read this now! ⬇️⬇️

Itchyfeetreader I am stretching a little here but this book includes details about how crash test dummies don‘t have to be female and often when companies say they test on female they mean a smaller male model. Ie it does not consider a woman‘s different physiology. As such cars sold as super safe may not actually be for a woman in the driver seat. So #maymoviemagic #behindthewheel @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant 6mo
TimSpalding Does it go into machine-learning issues, or is it mostly other statistical problems? 6mo
Itchyfeetreader @TimSpalding neither really it really focuses more on the myriad of places where bias exists and she touches on the risks inherent in coding those into the system — eg where an all women‘s university receives negative scoring in automated CV review. It‘s really a focus on the need for disaggregated gender data across all facets of life (did you know most medical testing on mice only uses male mice for example) 6mo
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TimSpalding @Itchyfeetreader Sounds like an interesting, worthy topic. There's a lot of buzz going on now about bias in machine learning—sex, but also race, class, etc. The trick is that you can in theory find, disentangle, invalidate or redo the sorts of data you're talking about. But ML systems are black boxes. Once you give them data, you don't know how they're working. So it's easy to bake biased data in, and not be aware of it or see what it's doing! 6mo
gradcat I am so disgusted, and full-up-to-my-eyebrows with this subject...and it seems like there will be no progress on these issues until people wake the f$&# up. I‘m reading the tagged book (granted, this is a teen-aged subset), and some of these surveys show that people think women have MORE rights than men, and are thus privileged. What kind of crazy backwards world are we living in? I know med school studies are notorious for this kind of bias. 🤯 6mo
Itchyfeetreader @gradcat what I think this author does really well is not get into the social elements of it. She does not presume to root cause but rather just keeps hammering home all the actual data driven examples, many of which sadly are about women being put in actual danger. There were so many examples in this book that felt solvable with only a little consideration or thought and I hope books like this help start move the dial. 6mo
rohit-sawant This reminds me of an interview I heard on The Filmstruck Podcast a while back where Kirby Dick talked about his documentary The Bleeding Edge and, among other things, mentioned similar problems about most test subjects for medical devices being male. Adding this to my TBR. 6mo
gradcat @Itchyfeetreader Sorry I jumped on my soapbox, but you‘re so right when you speak of some of the “solveabilty” of these issues. But meanwhile, it seems like very basic problems are just ignored or glossed by most of the population. I‘m glad you posted this book...we need more books like this one! 6mo
Cinfhen Wow! So fascinating 6mo
Itchyfeetreader @gradcat not at all! This book has me building a permanent soapbox! My husband just starting reading it and it‘s fascinating watch him be confronted with it. 6mo
TrishB It‘s on my pile ready!! May be very soon now. 6mo
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TrishB
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#invisibletouch #anglophileapril
Brought a couple of weeks ago and haven‘t got to it yet!

Cinfhen Looks interesting 🤓 6mo
Mdargusch Good one! 6mo
emilyhaldi 🧐 6mo
Reviewsbylola This sounds like a very informative read. 6mo
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ablachly
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I bought this after seeing it mentioned everywhere following NASA cancelling the all-female space walk for lack of enough suits in the right sizes. I‘m only a few chapters in, but so far, excellent. Good and infuriating fodder for fueling rage.

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mreads
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Excellent and infuriating read (for women) exploring the 'data gap' where women are not included or considered in a multitude of issues.
Impacting the health, safety and living conditions of women, who are 50% of the world's population. Had a deja vu moment during the ER bit.

Brought this home the day the first 2 woman space walk was canceled due to there not being 2 suits available fit smaller frames.

#nonfiction2019 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Itchyfeetreader I am loving this book whilst being driven to rage. Am two thirds in bit taking a short breather 6mo
mreads @Itchyfeetreader yes! I read a section a day otherwise my head might have exploded. 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh, sounds infuriating but good! 6mo
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Kelly
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Ready to get angry!

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Read-eat-travel-repeat
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Settling in with a decaf latte, piece of s'mores bar and a new book! Once I'm done drinking and eating, I will put on the sheet mask for a perfect night of relaxation 😍

MrBook Wonderful!!! 😁 7mo
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Itchyfeetreader
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I am still reading this one - it‘s ages since I have read something so slowly but the power of the data and the stories contained to drive me to frustration / rage / sadness means I have been eking it out. It‘s all the more powerful for the factual non interpretive tone. I‘m not even half way in but the desire to DO something on reading is massive

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Balibee146
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Latest audible purchase #audible

TrishB I just brought this last week 👍🏻 7mo
Balibee146 @TrishB 👍👍 expecting to get really angry though! 7mo
TrishB I‘m reading this at the moment and my blood is boiling!! 7mo
Balibee146 Added to TBR @TrishB 7mo
mreads Reading this now, only one chapter a day it's making me so mad. And ironically brought it home the day the 2 woman space walk was cancelled cause they didn't have two suits available. 😡 7mo
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MallenNC
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My Women‘s History Month purchases! I have really been looking forward to the tagged book. Have you read any of these? #bookhaul

JenReadsAlot I'm looking forward to The Woman's Hour! 7mo
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Magslhalliday
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Got this earlier this week.

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Itchyfeetreader
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Greeting from sunny Munich where I can currently hear the glockenspiel playing from my open window! Really enjoying this one, but have highlighted half the book!

Velvetfur Oohh Munich! I'd love to go there! Have a great time, send us pictures! 😁 7mo
Itchyfeetreader @velvetfur here for work but hopefully have time this afternoon for a quick walk. It‘s my fourth visit but the first time I have Ben morning the office and it‘s been light and not raining 7mo
Velvetfur @Itchyfeetreader Oh that's great that you get to travel for work! Yes hopefully you can get time for a walk this afternoon 👍 7mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve been to Munich... ♥️♥️♥️love it there ! Enjoy 7mo
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I don't normally read books like this but this one was extremely interesting. The information in this book is incredible and really makes you look at the world in a different way. At first I thought the author was a little crazy (snow clearing is sexist?) But her points were well made and while I don't agree with all of them, she makes a good argument for the bias she believes she is seeing.

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TrishB
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#bookmail just arrived this morning! The right day to arrive on.

ClairesReads This sounds really interesting 7mo
batsy The Guardian had an excerpt from this that I think @Weaponxgirl shared awhile back. Sounds really fascinating. 7mo
Weaponxgirl @batsy yup that was me. I‘d love to hear how the book as a whole is. (edited) 7mo
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Weaponxgirl @batsy well remembered btw. 7mo
TrishB @ClairesReads it does 👍🏻 7mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime I'm dying to read this, perfect for International Women's Day, enjoy!! 7mo
TrishB @batsy @Weaponxgirl 👍🏻 I ordered after reading The Guardian article, sounds really interesting! 7mo
TrishB @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime I‘ll try not to leave til next year! 7mo
Weaponxgirl @TrishB it does! I alread have one about how algorithms are often biased already to read, wonder if they would be good pairings. 7mo
TrishB @Weaponxgirl let me know what that one is too 👍🏻 7mo
squirrelbrain Sounds great! Stacked 7mo
Weaponxgirl @TrishB @batsy sorry to do this to your comments section Trish but the guardian has the author on their science podcast today and thought you both might like https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2019/mar/08/gender-data-gap-and-a-worl... 7mo
TrishB @Weaponxgirl no problem, thanks! 7mo
batsy @Weaponxgirl Thank you for that, will check out 👍🏽 7mo
MallenNC This sounds great. It's not out in the U.S. just yet but I've added it to my stack! 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks like a must read! 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage looks like another one for our to read list. 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Okay! Because we need more ... 🤪 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage Well after we read the ones we already own of course...so next year, or the year after 😂🤪 7mo
MallenNC @TrishB The eternal struggle! 7mo
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