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Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

por 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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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 |
A fact-based book with loads of data and statistics to show how the world is designed by men and for men, and how the lack of focus and data on women is perpetuating issues in medicine, public policy, product design, workplace safty, workplace bias, crisis management/recovery, sexual violence against women etc. You'll learn:
• How the "male default" and the lack of female-specific data reinforce existing gaps and biases in a loop;
• The differences between the male and female bodies, and the implications for medicine and health—where medical research and clinical trials have focused mainly on men, and there's a chronic lack of data about the female body and physiology.
• How and why women are disadvantaged by unpaid care work and gender biases at the workplace, the implications for women and society, and what governments and organizations can do about it.
• How women's needs and safety are typically neglected in product designs, workplace standards and equipment, leading to lost opportunities and real dangers.
• Examples and implications when women’s needs are overlooked in infrastructural planning, public policy, and crisis management.

Book summary at: https://readingraphics.com/book-summary-invisible-women-caroline-criado-perez/ ( )
  AngelaLamHF | Nov 30, 2023 |
This book delves into the issue of data bias against women.

The author presents evidence that there is often more to consider in the world than what men may think. For example, smartphones are designed for male hands, many medicines are tested based on male bodies, and equipment is designed based on standard male body measurements. More interesting, we cannot assume that women are simply a variation of men's bodies and that we are potentially ruling out drugs that would work for women in early trials because they don't work in men.

Instead of trying to make women similar to men, we should consider them as an equal half of the human population, not a minority.

The book also discusses how our culture is shaped by male-default thinking, which can discourage women from pursuing certain careers or interests due to lack of representation or motivation.

Personally, I found the book to be a bit dense with data, and some of the author's perspectives did not align with my own. However, overall I found it to be a good read and relevant to the current year 2023. ( )
  geminiman0500 | Oct 19, 2023 |
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Most of recorded human history is one big data gap.
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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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