The Data Book I Didn’t Know I Needed

I want to start off by saying that if you don’t like data books or science books please give this one a chance. I promise it isn’t too data or sciency (is sciency a word?) heavy.

There are some books that I read and I just can’t stop talking about them. I see connections from the book everywhere I go and in every conversation I have with people. I’m probably a bit annoying about it actually. This is one of those books that I get annoying about.

The book is Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez, which is a bit of a mouthful. However, Caroline does such a great job of relating the data and information to real life experiences, and making the story fun along with informational. I mean how many books have you read that are factual and it just takes forever to get through them? This book I read everywhere, on the bus to and from work, on the bus to meetings, at home while cooking, even at work (when I was on break for lunch!). Caroline takes the time to show areas of the world where information is skewed towards men and how that can affect women in their day to day life. Have you ever noticed that men’s hand widths are larger than women’s? And then connected that information to how that might affect how men and women play the piano? I hadn’t until I read this book.

So, if you’re interested in discovering all the small and big things that may look different if data related to women was taken further into consideration (cabinet heights anyone?), then check out this book. It’s going to explain and reveal so much.