‘Invisible Women’ by Caroline Criado Perez:
Did you know that “[w]hen a woman is involved in a car crash, she is 47% more likely to be seriously injured than a man, and 71% more likely to be moderately injured, even when researchers control for factors such as height, weights, seat-belt usage, and crash intensity. She is also 17% more likely to die”.
I’ll repeat that, just to make sure it has sunk in – 17% more likely to die…
Personally, I was unaware of these statistics until I read ‘Invisible Women’ by Caroline Criado Perez. I was also unaware that…
- 62% of women are scared walking in multi-story car parks,
- 60% are scared waiting on train platforms,
- 49% are scared waiting at the bus stop,
- And, 59% are scared walking home from a bus stop or station*
Although I could have guesstimated these statistics. What I couldn’t have accounted for is that “the figures for men are 31%, 25%, 20% and 25% respectively” – by all accounts a clear distinction.
‘Invisible Women’ is the first book that I had read this year that was written by a women, and honestly I found this shocking. When choosing non-fiction books to read I tend not to focus on the author, and more on the topic that is being discussed, so as to try and get a broader range of views of possible; to not become swayed by a favourite author who happens to share the majority of my natural assumptions. However, from here on out I am going to try and make a conscious effort to purchase an equal number of non-fiction books written by men & women, because after all we know that “[w]omen will buy books by and about men, but men won’t buy books by and about women (or at least not many)”.
This is a book that made me angry. This is a book that made me sad. This is a book that made me cry. But, ultimately, this is a book we all need to read.
Criado Perez effortlessly covers a whole multitide of topics; technology, workplaces, politics, violence against women, sexual/reproductive health. Her tone is spot on through out the book. Not shying away from the seriousness of the topic at hand, but occasionally adding in the odd sarcastic comment to make the reader laugh. I had been dubious about reading this book, as I own a hardback copy, and I’m often put off by how difficult they are to hold comfortably. Nevertheless, Criado Perez kept me engaged from the word go, and I quickly finished this book in a couple of days – I also feel it is one that I will return to multiple times throughout my life.
This is a book that I have already recommended to all of my family members, and would recommend to all of my friends too.
In some ways this book was exceptionally eye-opening, revealing statistics on medicine, healthcare, and workplaces that made me feel sick. In other ways, this book was less shocking and more depressing; acting as confirmation of things I had been aware of for sometime but hadn’t quite been able to put my finger on. I guess that’s “the irony of being a woman; at once hyper-visible when it comes to being treated as the subservient sex class, and invisible when it counts – when it comes to being counted”.
Invisible Women in Facts:
Author: Caroline Criado Perez
First Published: 2019
Publishing House: Penguin Random House, Chatto & Windus
Pages: 411 (318 bulk)
*as found in a UK Department for Transport study