About the Event
The award winning campaigner and writer talks to Alex Clark as part of our Hidden Stories collection about her powerful and provocative new book. In a world largely built by, and for, men, she exposes the data bias and gender politics that have a profound effect on the health and wellbeing of women’s lives, making you see the world anew.
About the Author
Caroline Criado Perez is a writer, broadcaster and public speaker. She writes across the major national media, most regularly for the New Statesman and the Guardian, and appears in both print and broadcast as a commentator. Her first book, Do it Like a Woman, was published by Portobello in 2015. Eleanor Marx hailed it in the New Statesman as ‘an extended and immersive piece of investigative journalism,’ while Bridget Christie chose it as one of her books of the year in the Guardian, declaring that ‘young girls and women everywhere should have a copy.’
Criado Perez is also an award-winning feminist campaigner. Her most notable campaigns have included co-founding The Women’s Room, getting a woman on Bank of England banknotes, forcing Twitter to revise its procedures for dealing with abuse and successfully campaigning for a statue of suffragist Millicent Fawcett to be erected in Parliament Square.
She was the 2013 recipient of the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year award, and was named an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015. She lives in London.
“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
“Hugely readable, packed with facts and insight. An important book written with humour and flair” ROBERT WEBB
“The thoroughness of Invisible Women doesn’t detract from its absolute readability. This is entertaining, scholarly and so very important.” ADAM RUTHERFORD
“Here are the facts! Caroline Criado Perez shines her penetrating gaze on the absence of women from the creation of most societal norms – from algorithms to medicinal doses to government policy. Knowledge is power – we all need to know how our systems work if we want change. Arm yourself with this book and press it into the hands of everyone you know. It is utterly brilliant! ” HELENA KENNEDY
“Invisible Women is an absorbing cornucopia of thought-provoking facts – fascinating, alarming and face-palming in equal measures. Caroline Criado-Perez shows up the shortcomings of a world designed for men by men. The consequences of treating men as the default option, or women just as smaller men – if they get considered at all – has wide-reaching implications for everything (and everyone) from snow clearing to seat-belts and many branches of medicine. I shall certainly think of this book next time I have a heart attack, a car crash or just want to go to the toilet at the theatre.” PROFESSOR GINA RIPPON
“a blisteringly good book… never less than eye-opening, and frequently staggering” THE BOOKSELLER