Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men [Book Review]

It’s no secret that we live in a man’s world.

In many ways women are invisible, women are being ignored in ways that you may not expect and I’ve learned that not only does this harm women but it’s literally costing women their lives

Get your pen and paper ready because I’m reviewing a book that rigorously examines the extent to which women are being ignored in our society in ways that are truly insidious. The book is called Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez

In todays show we discuss several things including:

  • Why The Gender Data Gap is costing lives
  • The socially constructed nature of reality
  • The reasons why women are being ignored

Here’s some of what I share in the show:

The Gender Data Gap means we really don’t know what we think we know

Data, information, knowledge, history is incomplete and inaccurate because it does not include women in way that would be reasonably expected”

Excluding women is costing some women their lives

women tend to sit further forward than men when driving and are therefore more likely to be seriously injured and die in a car accident, even the crash test dummies were based around fiftieth percentile men when they were first introduced in the 1950’s”

We need to address the dominant paradigm to create lasting Inclusive change

the very paradigm we use to think, to conceive reality has a male default and until we address this how can we expect anything existing in that paradigm to produce anything different”


Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

The Elements of Inclusion #4

Leaders must collaborate innovatively to leverage cultural expertise and drive business performance.

  • Why inclusive outcomes are driven by innovation
  • How developing a business case for diversity and inclusion specific to your organisation is a competitive advantage
  • Why novelty is at the heart of your inclusion journey

The Elements of Inclusion #3

Leaders must establish systems to ensure that everyone shares the same advantages and benefits. These processes will create incentives for inclusive behaviours.

  • How to augment your team with the tools and insights they need to prevent structural disadvantage
  • Why reinforcing generative norms ensures everyone belongs in the organisation
  • How inclusive representations can be embedded to promote an inclusive culture

The Elements of Inclusion #2

Leaders must redefine career development relationships to support inclusive performance.
  • Why traditional mentor relationships must be revised for an inclusive workplace
  • How leaders must embrace networks of developmental relationships for individual growth
  • Why established workplace norms must evolve for inclusion in the modern workplace

The Elements of Inclusion #1

Leaders must properly socialise people and socialise inclusive ideas by providing an environment for the cultural learning needed for an active role in an inclusive organisation

  • How your socialisation processes must evolve to encourage the sustainable cultivation of inclusive competencies
  • Why Leaders must consistently negotiate the line between organisational commitment and personal authenticity to promote performance
  • How developing intersectional self awareness can help leaders to leverage individual employee experiences