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Brought to you by Penguin.

The audiobook edition of Invisible Women, read by Caroline Criado Perez.

Winner of the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2019.

Winner of the Readers' Choice Books Are My Bag Award 2019.

Winner of the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2019 Book of the Year Award 2019.

The Times Current Affairs Book of the Year 2019.

Imagine a world where....

  • Your phone is too big for your hand.
  • Your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body.
  • In a car accident you are 47% more likely to be injured.

If any of that sounds familiar, chances are you’re a woman.

From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces and the media. Invisible Women reveals how in a world built for and by men we are systematically ignoring half of the population, often with disastrous consequences. Caroline Criado Perez brings together for the first time an impressive range of case studies, stories and new research from across the world that illustrate the hidden ways in which women are forgotten and the profound impact this has on us all.

Discover the shocking gender bias that affects our everyday lives.

©2019 Caroline Criado Perez (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"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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eye opener and gripping

if you are going to interact with the world in any way, make sure you read this one. I'm surprised that a book filled with lots of data, statistics and references can be so gripping and relevant chapter after chapter. Loved the author herself reading the book

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eye opening!

every grown up should read this. it is the need of the hour. Loved it. some facts mentioned are mind boggling.

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feminist take on big data world

this book is an important discussion on the current algorithm-powered worlds. Good read! thank you

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  • NP
  • 04-04-20

good book...and well told

the book talks about how not accounting for women in data leads to generating policy which are not able to cater women

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An excellent book for all times!!

I had been looking forward to this getting a hard copy of the book, initially but eventually decided to read it through Audible. I have to say it's simply AWESOME!! There is ameticulous attention paid to data, combined with narrative that just evoke the strongest feeling!! I could get through only one chapter a day due to so much facts being packed into every chapter and I feel that is the right way to read through this book. Thoroughly enjoyed the narration of the author and I hope to see this as a textbook for undergraduates across all disciplines across the world. Another thing I loved was how data across almost all continents was presented.

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  • Danielle
  • 13-09-19

Shed your ignorance, whether you’re male or female

If you are male or female and can’t wrap your mind around why women fight for more rights or attention, or why equal representation of the sexes is important to achieve and not just allow, this book will fill the gaps. The data, and the lack of data, that it points to leaves me overwhelmed at the lack of progress and systemic unconscious bias that has shaped my life and continues to shape all of our lives (yes even in progressive Sweden or Denmark). Read and shed your ignorance. Start to understand he role you can play in achieving equality, not just neutrality.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-19

Great book!

Great job! The book that opened my eyes! I recommend to all women and men. There is a lot of topics and facts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-20

A must for students

As a designer, I'm so happy that I lissened to this book! This is something I will always ceep in mind whenever designing things based on old data. It's time for us to wake up and see women.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-20

Illuminating

there are many things we take for granted in the world. this book will make you realise those things that we take for granted which bias men against women

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  • Victoria
  • 21-08-20

Excellent book backed with data

This book should be available, in every language, for the world to read. It's a shame that it is cataloged as "feminist" because a big part of the general public will not pay attention to it, and it is not feminists who need to know what the book describes... we already know how the world works. It is an eye opener to a LOT of issues.

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  • Irais Ruiz
  • 09-08-20

It opened my eyes

There's so much data that we ignore even as females, this book is great for understanding inequality. #whyweneedfeminism

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-20

Wonderful but slow

I found it extremely eye opening not just as a member of society but also as a student. I found myself talking pages and pages of notes. My only complaint would be that it is a bit slow. Lovely work, wonderful references, excellent author.

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  • Kathia
  • 19-06-20

It takes sometime to get used narrative

Specially if you don’t read data based books (like me). But once you do, you’ll get a headache... A much needed headache.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-20

What you can't see

Another book about data. As all great books about data do, it shows you obvious things you've not been looking at.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-03-19

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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  • Esther
  • 21-04-19

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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  • Katie
  • 20-03-19

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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  • Cat
  • 30-03-19

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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  • rena
  • 11-11-19

awful narrator

i feel like she is shouting at me and very very preachy. i just want it to end. which is such a shame because the book sounds fantastic, i just can't listen to more than 30 seconds of the narrator without cringing.

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  • F. Short
  • 15-05-19

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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  • 05-05-19

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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  • nina white
  • 09-05-19

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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  • 24-04-19

Everyone should read this

The content of this book is fascinating and horrifying in equal measure. It can be a bit circular at times, but I think that’s an indication of how ubiquitous the problems are. On a different note, Random House, please stop making authors read their own work. This is a classic example of excellent content being underserved by less than excellent narration. At times it sounded like CCP was tongue-tied which was a shame because it distracted from the purpose of her words.

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  • ekaterina
  • 14-10-19

Fantastic content... delivered too fast

Fascinating read, but the narrator sped through each chapter as if racing to the finish.

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  • Alex
  • 19-08-19

The most dangerous blind spots are the ones you don’t even know you have.

As a male, an architect and someone who regularly challenges assumptions as part of my job (or thinks he does), this book has kicked me in the ass. Hard. This will make me a better designer by prompting me to ask better questions and reduce gender bias in my work . Also by allowing me to develop an awareness of when I am defaulting to design for males. It’s a start. I can’t thank Caroline Criado Perez enough. (And thanks to Roman Mars for the tip)

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  • Hannahjanecomic
  • 03-09-19

Everyone should read this book

Illuminating and infuriating in equal measure, this book made me want to quit my job and become a data scientist. While every example illustrating how women are written out of the world rang with my experiences, it still made me so mad!! Companies like Google should take note - you are forgetting about half the damn world! And small businesses should think of the opportunities in catering to so many under-served customers. We should all be thinking about how we can make the world fairer, safer and easier for women and girls everywhere. Caroline Criado Perez is a writer full of urgency and conviction and hearing her read her own work was very powerful. Download this book today. It will change how you see the world.

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  • Pete
  • 19-12-19

Essential reading for all genders

As a gay man I thought I had things pretty tough but after reading this, I realised that being a woman presents an extraordinary number of tougher challenges. I found myself verbally commenting to myself in disbelief that some of the basic essential known data gaps are still not being recorded. Even worse, when the data is there to prove things need to be addressed or changed it’s being ignored. Medication, car safety, city design, home design, toilet design, disaster recovery... it’s all being designed or planned for the people making the decisions... men, just like me. If only there was a solution to all of this... spoiler alert there is... equal standing, equal decision making, having equal numbers of woman contributing to these teams designing and planning... and if equal is too scary for you, step aside, you are the problem. A huge thanks to my amazing friend Nikki for recommending this. She loves collection, visualisation and the insights we can tell with data as much as I do and knew this was perfect for me!

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  • paula brown
  • 14-09-19

everyone needs to read this!

especially anyone who cares about public policy design and it's treatment of women , relevant to multiple policy fields and to academics and laypeople alike

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  • julie
  • 21-08-19

Must read

This book is a must read(listen) for all women and men. it will open your eyes to how the world really views half it’s population.

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  • Birrarung fan
  • 17-06-19

Packed with juicy stats that have changed the way I look at the world.

Highly recommended. While it's heavy on data (it's about data), it's presented clearly and based on relatable examples. Male bias is everywhere and this book helps you see it where previously you might have just sort of perceived it. The narrator is also excellent which is why I recommend the audio version especially unless you're using it for research & need to make notes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-20

Enlighting

Every person (make and female) should read this book. It exposes the largely invisible gap in the treatment of woman in every facet in society. It is narrated by the author herself and hence her passion for the subject comes through loud and clear. Even if you think you aren’t a feminist, read this book! I thoroughly enjoyed every moment and learnt so many things that once said seem obvious but that I’d never ever thought about!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-20

Eye Opening

This book should be mandatory listening/reading for everyone. A bit stat heavy at time, but it's a book about data (and lack there of), so thats to be expected.

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  • Amy
  • 01-10-19

Phenomenal- should be mandatory reading for everyone!

This book was equal parts validating and infuriating. A wonderfully well researched book with very astute observations about the male biased world we live in. I’ll be recommending to EVERYONE!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-20

I could listen to this ten times!

And I probably will. This book is amazingly well researched and well presented. It has given me so much to think about and provided a world perspective that I was lacking before. Being read by the author also ensures the correct emphasis is applied throughout.