Happy International Women’s Day!

I’m in the middle of reading Claudius the God, and I’ve also just started The Queens of Innis Lear, but today seemed like the perfect day to discuss what’s next on my to-read list. The first book is one I feel I should have read years ago, which I bought in a charity shop the other day, and which I’m very very excited to finally have a copy of. The second book is one I just bought today, and it only came out in the UK yesterday, but I’ve been incredibly excited to read it ever since I read an article in the Guardian which turned out to be an extract. They’re both very different books and I can’t wait to start reading them – hopefully later tonight!

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, 9 October 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price when she was shot in the head at point-blank range.

Malala Yousafzai’s extraordinary journey has taken her from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations. She has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and is the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

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

Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valued. If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you’re a woman.

Invisible Women shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. It exposes the gender data gap – a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives.

Award-winning campaigner and writer Caroline Criado Perez brings together for the first time an impressive range of case studies, stories and new research from across the world that illustrate the hidden ways in which women are forgotten, and the impact this has on their health and well-being. From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, urban planning and the media, Invisible Women reveals the biased data that excludes women. In making the case for change, this powerful and provocative book will make you see the world anew.



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