Welcome to the Women for Women International Book Club! This month we’re reading Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez.
In this highly recommended book by WFWI Book Club members, the author takes a well-researched look at the expansive and often surprising impact of the data gender gap on daily life.
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Why this book is important…
Caroline Criado Perez’s Invisible Women is an eye-opening exposé on the gender data gap and its profound impact on our daily lives. It’s written with a sense of humor and overflowing with fascinating case studies — a combination that makes it hard to put down.
Invisible Women is an ambitious and thorough call to action for data-driven decision making that promotes equity and representation for a more inclusive world.
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Caroline Criado Perez states in her book that the data gender gap “is not generally malicious, or even deliberate.” What do you think she means by this? How do factors like workforce development, education, and gender representation historically contribute to creating a gender data gap?
Can you give an example of how the gender data gap has had an impact on your daily life or routine?
What do you think the author means by her statement: “There is no such thing as a woman who doesn’t work. There is only a woman who isn’t paid for her work.”
In addition to the gender data gap, can you think of any other groups who may be impacted by a gap in data and research?
Were there any aspects of the book that made you reexamine your own decision making? Or the decision making of your employer, community leaders, or elected officials and policy makers?