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Invisible Women

Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
Narrated by: Caroline Criado Perez
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Invisible Women, by Caroline Criado Perez.

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 audiobook will tell you how and why this matters.

In her new audiobook, 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 women’s lives.

Caroline brings together for the first time an impressive range of case studies, stories and new research from across the world that illustrates 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 well-being. 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 audiobook will make you see the world anew.

©2019 Caroline Criado Perez (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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"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) 

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  • 08-03-2019

The best book I've read in ages

Read it, you won't regret it. The only point I took off was because, in some sections when the author was covering topics new to me, I would have liked her to speak slightly slower. Well researched, coherent and impactful. She put words and figures to many things I had been feeling but had been unable to explain satisfactorily to those who believe we live in an equal society. She points out lots of useful things we can do as a society about the problems raised.

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  • Catherine
  • 30-03-2019

Engaging and Memorable

I was reluctant to get this book as I don't subscribe to popular feminist views preferring to base my opinions on facts and figures rather than feelings. This book has all the facts and figures this mathematician could hope for. At points the figures provided (all sourced) were so shocking that it was difficult not to laugh in disbelief. As a mother who also works full time I appreciated having the audio book version to turn to as I was able to finish it within the week.

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  • Katie
  • 20-03-2019

Best book of the year so far

I love none fiction books but 8 do struggle with non fiction feminist books, even as a feminist women, as they often talk in circles. However this book is perfect as it is focused entirely on the facts. Perez doesn't need to embellish or simplify because the facts speak for themselves. Completely changed my view of the world. A book every women and every man, especially men, should read this year. Already reccomeded it to everyone irl

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  • Dominic Monkhouse
  • 16-04-2019

A must read for fathers with daughters

I loved it. The first book my wife has recommended to me. Great book and it challenges you. So many things I take for granted as a man need to be rethought. Many would cost nothing in money but would save a fortune.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-2019

Startling and life-changing

A catalogue of systemic failure to account for women in every sphere of life. Righteously angry and a rallying call to women everywhere

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  • AReader
  • 12-04-2019

Unbelievably depressing!

I'm not even sure I can finish this book. We all know the obvious discrimination in levels of pay, etc, and I was prepared to discover lots more of the sort. But I was shocked to discover that design based on the male body is actually killing women in large numbers- stab vests, car seat belts, etc, not to mention medical norms, all of which fail to take account of female bodies. This is the twenty first century! Even more that design by men for men has led to a failure to improve the appalling air quality in India and neighbouring countries (which is visible from space, and a large contributor to climate change as well as causing massive health problems) simply because better cooking stoves were designed by men to burn the kind of wood which these women did not have access to - and without even consulting them! Accordingly nearly a billion women continue crouching over fires made of leaves, dung etc, to the detriment of their health, their children's health, and the global ecosystem.

Now I understand why I got short shrift from my MP and the local bus chief when I asked why there was no bus route between my district and our local hospital. It's because men have cars, silly.

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  • R. Bayley
  • 06-04-2019

Not Just for Feminists

This is a very wide ranging and important book. It exposes how all of us, not just "the Patriarchy", forget to actually include women in calculations on everything from office chairs to public roads.

For women, almost every sentence will have you putting down the book and walking around until you're ready to start reading again. For men, I hope it will make us rethink our positions in the world. Lest we forget, Caroline Criado Perez didn't originate the data in the book, she merely compiled it and drew some conclusions.

I don't anticipate this changing the world immediately, but I do hope that future designers will take this book into account in their work. As we have seen with the recent problems with the all woman space walk from NASA, there are good reasons for considering this book.

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  • Charlott
  • 30-03-2019

Great and important

This book should be mandatory for everyone in legislation to read.

Women are not the second sex. Women are the first.