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The Gender Data Gap: What Happens To Women In A World Designed For Men

Posted February 28, 2019

Going back to the theory of Man the Hunter, the lives of men have been taken to represent those of humans overall. When it comes to the other half of humanity, there is often nothing but silence. And these silences are everywhere. Films, news, literature, science, city planning, economics, the stories we tell ourselves about our past, present and future, are all marked – disfigured – by a female-shaped “absent presence”. This is the gender data gap.

These silences, these gaps, have consequences. They impact on women’s lives, every day. The impact can be relatively minor – struggling to reach a top shelf set at a male height norm, for example. Irritating, certainly. But not life-threatening. Not like crashing in a car whose safety tests don’t account for women’s measurements. Not like dying from a stab wound because your police body armor doesn’t fit you properly. For these women, the consequences of living in a world built around male data can be deadly.

Read an excerpt from Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez at The Guardian.

  

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