Feminist Book Club: Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Book choice by April MISSives guest editor, Khayshie Tilak Ramesh

As an advocate, I often find myself in conversations with people who need evidence that data bias and gender inequality exist. *Enter random statistic kept in the back of my brain from Invisible Women*

This is the first book that I recommend to any budding advocate or frustrated campaigner for gender equality. It’s loaded with tangible and relatable examples of gender bias in the world around us that you can whip out at any ‘I’m not sexist but…’ conversation, friendly advocacy moment or dinner table.

However, consider this sentence your warning that this book will make you angry.

For example, car crash test dummies are modeled after a man’s average weight and height. This means female drivers have a higher chance of incurring severe injuries than males in comparable collisions, because our bodies are structured differently. This book is filled with these kind of examples. I hope it inspires your advocacy and converts a few skeptics!

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