The book "Invisible Women" by Caroline Criado Perez exposes how the gender data gap affects women's lives in various fields, such as healthcare, transportation, and the workplace. It presents shocking examples of how biased data collection and analysis perpetuate gender inequality and calls for a more inclusive approach to data to address this issue.
About the Author
Caroline Criado Perez is a writer, journalist, and feminist campaigner based in the United Kingdom. She was born in Brazil in 1983 to a Brazilian mother and a British father, and grew up in several different countries before settling in the UK as a teenager.
Criado Perez studied English language and literature at the University of Oxford, where she became interested in feminism and gender issues. After graduating, she worked in various communications roles, including as a speechwriter for the deputy prime minister of the UK.
In 2012, Criado Perez became involved in a campaign to put a woman's portrait on the Bank of England's new £10 note, after it was announced that Winston Churchill would replace the current note's historical figure, Elizabeth Fry. Criado Perez started an online petition and launched a media campaign to raise awareness about the lack of women's representation on currency and other public spaces, and her efforts eventually led to the Bank of England's decision to include Jane Austen on the new £10 note.
Following her success with the Bank of England campaign, Criado Perez became a prominent voice in the feminist movement, focusing on issues such as women's representation in politics and public life, violence against women, and gender data bias. She has written for several publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Times, and has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs to discuss her work.
"Invisible Women" is Criado Perez's first book, and it has been widely praised for its incisive analysis of the gender data gap and its far-reaching consequences. The book has been translated into multiple languages and has won several awards, including the Royal Society Science Book Prize in 2019.
In addition to her writing and activism work, Criado Perez has also founded several organizations and initiatives focused on promoting gender equality and diversity, including The Women's Room, which aims to increase women's representation in the media, and The Fawcett Society, which advocates for gender equality in politics, economics, and public life.