Invisible Women

Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Book reviews

Written by: Ellen Young


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By: Caroline Crido Perez

“For the women who persist: Keep on being bloody difficult.” Powerful words for her dedication and the hits just keep on coming.  

We’re Human 

For those of us who picture “male” or “men” when we think of “human,” this book is for you. These biases run deep, and in a world designed for men, it takes a book like this to come along and shake a little sense back into our thoughts, stereotypes, and stigmas.  

For those of us driven by data and those who find sense in numbers, you’ll love the amount of sheer data provided—and you’ll enjoy the one-hundred and seventy-four pages at the end, dedicated to End Notes. This book is for real. If this doesn’t convince you to take up some gender equality ideals, I’m not sure what will.  

Letting Down Women 

The longer workday, the multitasking, the unpaid physical and emotional labor, the exclusion from archeological digs and science, not to mention the myriad of ways in which the medical establishment is actively letting women down is staggering. Need I list more? Because I can. 

Feeling overlooked? 

But don’t just take my word for it, dig in, digest, and share this book with a friend. If you’ve ever felt overlooked or left out of data, guess what, you’re not alone. For those of you who often wonder why the data seems one-sided or perhaps biased, you’ve found a book that will validate your gut feeling. In a world designed for men, it will surely take a man’s effort to change it for the better.  

If I could describe this book in one word, that word would be, “shocking.” •