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Perez wins Royal Society Science Book Prize for ‘Invisible Women’

In the UK, Caroline Criado Perez has won the £25,000 (A$45,500) Royal Society Science Book Prize for Invisible Women: Exposing data bias in a world designed for men (Chatto & Windus), an ‘exposé’ on the gender data gap, reports the Bookseller.

In Invisible Women, Perez has collected a range of case studies, stories and new research from around the world that highlights the ways women are ‘forgotten’ on a daily basis. ‘From government policy and medical research to technology, media and workplaces, she exposes to readers the lack of gender-specific data that has unintentionally created a world biased against women,’ said prize organisers.

Judging panel chair Nigel Shadbolt said Perez ‘writes with energy and style, every page full of facts and data that support her fundamental contention that in a world built for and by men gender data gaps, biases and blind spots are everywhere.’ ‘As an AI researcher and data scientist it makes me look at my field afresh,’ Shadbolt said. ‘Read it and be prepared to think again.’

Perez is the fifth woman to win the award in a row. The five shortlisted authors, announced in August, each received £2500 (A$4550). To learn more about the prize, visit the website.


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