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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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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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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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Important book but dreadful audio

This is a book that everyone needs to read, but sadly I couldn’t listen to it. Even at 0.75 speed, the author and narrator rattled through it so fast a)I couldn’t keep up with the information which is wide ranging and jumps about a lot. and b) it sounded like a rant. I tried it on half speed but that gave too much distortion. Normally I like books to be read by the author but this just didn’t work for me so am returning the audiobook and buying the kindle version.

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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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Amazing!

This book is such an eyeopening book. I finished it and immediately felt motivated to try and make a difference. It is written in a way that is both informative and makes you want to keep reading. Such a brilliant book!

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Eye opening and hugely important.

As an adult woman I felt I was fully versed in the various and multiple little ways the world works against us. I now realise I had no idea of, not just how unfair life can be for some women around the world, but also how invisible we are. Listening to this book made me gasp out loud on several occasions with shock, frustration or exasperation and my long-suffering husband got a running commentary on the bits I was just gobsmacked by. Whoever builds a family house with no kitchen or other typically female spaces? Not just once but repeatedly. A man who has never given "women's things" a second thought, that's who. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the world and why it is like it is.

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eyes wide open.

this was beyond thought provoking. I am going to ensure that I play my part in ensuring the world I bring my daughter up in does not treat her as A typical. I am going to recommend this book to everyone, especially my male friends and family. there is no point in all us women violently agreeing with ourselves, men have to see this as a problem too. loved it.

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A must read by all

Be prepared to have your world turned upside down. Everyone should read. Hats off to Caroline on pulling this together in a compelling way. I am shocked and now motivated to bridge the gap whenever I can. Step one is awareness so cannot recommend enough!

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A must read for everyone

This is an extremely well researched book that everyone should read. It starts with the less serious lack of considering the differences between men and women's bodies, daily existence and societal expectations and builds to some of the most alarming and dangerous examples.

The writer reads her own work and I think this adds to the performance.

I would really recommend this book and hope that maybe it will have some impact and encourage greater investigation into ways to improve some of these issues.

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Excellent book

Excellently delivered message, thoroughly researched. Very good explanations with many examples of the many different statistical biases that affect society's understanding of women.

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  • Joonas Pihlajamaa
  • 02-05-19

Bridging the gender data gap with too much data

The idea of the book is great. Many of the examples are very interesting, and many even surprise you "huh that is true!". However, the exhausting listing of examples drowns the line of thought, or then there's just too little thought to begin with. Out of the 8725 examples covered in this book, I'd keep maybe 2500 of the most interesting ones and replace the leftover space with reflection.

I started the book with high hopes to educate myself (and as a man with less personal experience) to realize the subtle ways the society still puts genders on different standing, but many chapters (especially the 45 minutes about toilets) left me wishing the reader would stop with anecdotes already and either offer some synthesis or move forward to another topic. I'm sure the point could've been driven home with fewer well chosen anecdotes.

The author did excellent job collecting all these examples, but narrative took a hit under the sheer amount of them. I'd recommend listening to a sample to see if you think you can get through this, or split the listening over a longer time period.

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  • Lior
  • 02-05-19

Invisible Trans People

This is a really good comprehensive investigation of how a failure to account for gender based needs and requirements results in a bias towards cis men.
This is exactly why the casual cissexism embedded in it is so unfortunate and harmful.
Perez critics the continuous overlooking of women and women's needs, but is herself continuously overlooking trans and nonbinary people. She also keeps switching between sex and gender as interchangeable.
The most problematic claim is that a lack of sex-segregated bathrooms in some places increases rape and sexual assault. This is clearly focusing on the wrong aspect of a problem, while creating new problems for people who don't fit the norm. It is extremely disappointing in the context of shedding light on how women are seen as a deviation of the cis male norm, who is seen as default.
A critical book published in 2019 which deals with gender cannot ignore trans folks. It is simply not good enough to address cis people exclusively in such a comprehensive book.
Hope there will be a better, more inclusive edition soon, as it is highly important this kind of information be accessible for all.