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Invisible Women
Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men | Caroline Criado Perez
'Invisible Women takes on the neglected topic of what we don't know - and why. The result is a powerful, important and eye-opening analysis of the gender politics of knowledge and ignorance. With examples from technology to natural disasters, this is an original and timely reminder of why we need women in the leadership of the institutions that shape every aspect of our lives.' Cordelia Fine You've heard all about the Gender Pay Gap... Welcome to the Gender Data Gap Our world is largely built for and by men, in a system that can ignore half the population. This book will tell you how and why this matters In her new book, Invisible Women, award-winning campaigner and writer Caroline Criado Perez shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. She 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 womens lives. Caroline 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 excluded from the very building blocks of the world we live in, and the impact this has on their health and wellbeing. From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, urban planning and the media Invisible Women exposes 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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A fascinating read, definitely, but boy did it make me cross.

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@Victoria_Clyne thought of you when I read this.

Victoria_Clyne Or walking while holding a child in your arms or pushing a shopping trolley. 1w
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Really interesting, incredibly infuriating, and important especially as a science educator. My only quibble is that a lot of it was just linked together facts that were sometimes difficult to wade through. The sections with more analysis and even the sections with personal anecdotes to break up the facts were much easier to absorb.

DrexEdit I'm very interested in reading this book! 2w
bookwrm526 @DrexEdit I listened to the audiobook, and I think that was a mistake. The parade of facts and citations would‘ve been easier to absorb in print. 2w
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teainthelibrary
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As if I wasn‘t already mad at the world, I had to go and read this book - now I‘m even more mad. Mad as hell! 😡 Seriously, Perez has done some serious research and the result is an amazingly well written and powerful book that will make you question the entire world around you. Or, if you‘re like me it will confirm everything you felt to begin with. 🤷🏽‍♀️ A must read!

Itchyfeetreader This was probably my read of the year last year 2w
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Connster
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This is excellent. Everyone should read it. Fantastic use of data to support so many things women already knew and so much we didn‘t.

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Twainy
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🎧 I was thinking this book may never end before the end of chapter 1. DNF material.

Non-fiction. Very dry. Basically just a long list of statistics (?) to support ... WOMEN aren‘t equal & are treated like rubbish. Just not my kinda book I guess. IMO If you want to walk around with a chip on your shoulder because you were born without a penis this book may be for you. Thought tangent ... The Others ...

WAIT!! DETACHABLE PENIS!! 😆 ⭐️⭐️

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ClairesReads
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I‘m a big old nerd, and I really like data. You know what‘s interesting? Most of the data sets used globally to inform technological and scientific development, urban planning, and social, economic, and politically policy is inherently biased. Against women. We live in a world where we collect data on assumed averages and commonalities which almost consistently exclude women. This is an engaging, thorough, frustrating, essential read.

Balibee146 I bought this audio book.... Looks infuriating but so interesting and necessary 2mo
ClairesReads @Balibee146 it is exactly that. I hope you are engaged by it 2mo
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MallenNC
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This book is so eye-opening. She covers everything from why the lines for women‘s restrooms are so long (and why they shouldn‘t be) to how being left out of medical and safety research is literally killing women. The data gap, meaning the lack of inclusion of women, is so clearly shown in this book. I listened to the audiobook but also got a hard copy so I can reference its information more easily. #NFNov

Clwojick Sounds good! Stacking! 2mo
MallenNC @Clwojick I hope you like it! It took me a chapter or so to get into it because it is (unsurprisingly) data heavy. But it is great. 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft I keep seeing this book pop up everywhere. Adding it to my 🕎 wish list! 2mo
MallenNC @Readage @4thhouseontheleft I hope you both like it. The section on medical and safety research made the biggest impression on me. 2mo
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ClairesReads So agree! 2mo
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I could have quoted most pages in this book, but this kind of captures the idea. Women are left out of decisions and left out of research because men are seen as the default. #NFNov

rsteve388 This a TIL.. ? 4 pts? 2mo
MallenNC @rsteve388 I just liked the quote. You don‘t have to count it. 2mo
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I‘ve been working my way through this book and the section I listened to today was about the issues in women‘s medical care because they are left out of medical research. #TIL women are literally dying bc they aren‘t included in initial medical research. She has talked a lot about the “default male” which means in research, men are considered “normal” people while women are something else, leading to their symptoms being ignored. #TIL #NFNov

Itchyfeetreader This is the chapter that evangelised me. It horrified and yet resonated (last year I had the ‘odd‘ one out - a Non Hoskins lymphoma which unlike almost every other kind disproportionately attack‘s women) and the extent to which women seem to be a second thought / zero thought in medical research horrified me ! 2mo
MallenNC @Itchyfeetreader It is the one that has resonated most with me. This and the one about needing more toilets in public venues, but while that is a major inconvenience the medical issues are life threatening. How many drug treatments might have worked for women but were dismissed bc men were the only one in the trials? It‘s horrifying. 2mo
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This needles me so hard. It‘s absolutely freezing at work (as in, wind whistling through the window frames and icy cold walls) and they won‘t turn the heating up, so we‘ve been advised to wear warmer clothing. I‘ve been wearing a blanket scarf, which apparently is not allowed, as it‘s not ‘appropriate‘ 🤷🏻‍♀️ They‘re trying to save on heating bills, so I‘ve bought an electric heater and am using it all day out of spite. 😂

Bookwomble Some bosses can be complete idiots! 2mo
Billypar Ugh- yes, certainly not appropriate to violate office policy for something as frivolous as... keeping yourself warm?! Definitely a Scrooge withholding lumps of coal situation 😤 2mo
Bookwomble Just in case you are in the UK and this is helpful: “The Approved Code of Practice suggests the minimum temperature in a workplace should normally be at least 16 degrees Celsius. If the work involves rigorous physical effort, the temperature should be at least 13 degrees Celsius.“
https://www.hse.gov.uk/temperature/law.htm
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Connster @Billypar You‘re absolutely right! It‘s a certain kind of idiot who sees policy as more important than basic human needs! It makes me so mad! 😡 2mo
Connster @Bookwomble I am in the U.K. and this is very helpful, thank you! I need to get a thermometer and use it against the official policy, as I‘m sure it‘s not 16 degrees in my workspace a lot of the time. Particularly after 3pm when most people go home, so there‘s pretty much no heating at all 😡 2mo
Cailey_Mac I just started a new position at my work (back office in the city, so I work in the tower as I call it) and I was soo happy to find that I work on a warm floor; the branch I was at was so cold that all year round I had to wear 2-3 sweaters! There‘s maybe 12 guys that work on my floor, so they just always wear tee shirts and occasionally complain that it‘s hot, but I‘m just happy I can wear a skirt or a short sleeved shirt and not freeze! 2mo
Connster @Cailey_Mac Honestly, it makes so much difference to the quality of your day, doesn‘t it?! No one should have to wear 2-3 sweaters to work if there‘s an alternative! 2mo
Cailey_Mac @Connster oh absolutely! I didn‘t realize how productive it makes my day as well! 2mo
annamatopoetry They turned up our temperature a few degrees after we blew a fuse with all of space heaters :) 2mo
Connster @Cailey_Mac Definitely! And the opposite when it‘s too cold! 2mo
Connster @annamatopoetry Haha, you win! 2mo
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I‘m spending an hour in front of my SAD lamp as I‘ve been feeling a bit miserable recently. Does anyone else have one and if so, does it work? I‘ve only been using it for a couple of days, so I can‘t comment just yet...

xicanti I try to use mine every day. Tough to say whether it actually helps or not, but it makes me feel like I‘m doing something, at least. 2mo
Connster @xicanti I think it‘ll be the same for me...even if it‘s just the psychological effect of doing something. If it helps, I‘ll take it! 2mo
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Reading is the thread that‘s run throughout 2019 for me. I‘m so glad I challenged myself to read more this year - I said 100 books originally, smashed it months ago and then increased it so that I could continue. I‘m on the cusp of completing my challenge of 149/150 books in 2019. I‘m proud of this achievement and happy that this is the book that will see me achieving it. 📖 📚 💯

Hoopiefoot Way to go! 2mo
Ddzmini This is fantastic information 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2mo
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I‘m sad to say that I can believe this, knowing how nervous situations make me and other women I know feel. Sometimes it‘s not clear to men that we feel this way because they don‘t. A sad state of affairs for half of the population in many countries worldwide.

Emilymdxn Wow, not surprising but still so awful. I need to read this book 2mo
Connster @Emilymdxn I agree. It‘s excellent so far - it cites so much research and actual facts, applying them to real life. So important! 2mo
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“The more hostile voters were toward women, the more likely they were to support Trump.”

This makes total sense, since Trump is the biggest misogynist going.

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This book has been on my TBR forever, and it is the Audible member deal of the day today. I took that as a sign I should pick it for my #NFNov audiobook for this week. I expect to learn a lot.

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Not sure why this is still in the reading pile here: I finished it and lent it to my sister months ago. I don‘t agree with all of CCP‘s thinking but this book makes a powerful, data-driven case that unconscious sexism kills women and harms men.

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"Men go without saying, and women don't get said at all.” That quote is a gut punch because it is so true. At its core Invisible Women Caroline Criado Perez from Abrams Press is about discrimination. The data gap may not be malicious or even something done on purpose, but it exists and perpetuates gender inequality around the world in small and big ways. You can read the entire book review at https://onthebl.org/2019/09/16/invisible-women

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It‘s hard to listen to all the ways women are disadvantaged by default of design. From medical care to bullet proof vests, some things just aren‘t designed for women in mind. The impact on income, status, mortality and more is just startling though. A must read to know the statistical risks we live with every day. fascinating...

Itchyfeetreader This was infuriating but such a great read 4mo
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Men are seen as the default gender to such an extent that women are forgotten in the data and this has led to outcomes that make life not only more inconvenient and uncomfortable for women, but dangerous with life-threatening conditions disregarded, unsafe designs, and many other impacts of gender bias. Eye-opening read. One can only hope that the world stops seeing women as atypical and too difficult to include in studies bc of hormones.

SW-T An eye opening read for sure! 4mo
Dogearedcopy John Oliver recently did a segment about gender bias in women‘s health care! It was a bit shocking: Women are basically seen as men “with extras” physiologically speaking and, as a result women‘s health issues are often trivialized or dismissed. This book sounds like a great way to dig deeper into the topic! (edited) 4mo
Blaire @Dogearedcopy yes! She looks at this phenomenon in all area - bus route design, refugee camp setup, health, leave policies. And does it without it seeming dry at all but with lots of citations and vivid examples. 4mo
Blaire @SW-T yes! I‘m excited to discuss it with my book club. 4mo
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"the chroniclers of the past have left little space for women's role in the evolution of humanity, whether cultural or biological. Instead, the lives of men have been taken to represent those of humans overall."

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Back on the audios and bloody loving this mates

kbuggle This looks good! How‘s the audio version?? 5mo
ClairesReads @kbuggle it‘s great- the version I‘ve got is read by the author 😊 5mo
kbuggle @ClairesReads might make this my next audio read! Thanks for the intel :) was struggling with my next direction! 5mo
ClairesReads @kbuggle awesome. I‘ve been struggling with the audio a bit recently, I‘ve started a few things then haven‘t finished them, but this one is a real improvement 5mo
jillrhudy My daughter who is a UX designer was describing this to me and I was trying to find it. Thanks!
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If you‘re human, you should read this. Can‘t say enough good things about it, but it speaks for itself.

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I realized I want to shout large portions of this from the rooftop. That will make me fun at parties. But if you get a chance, I recommend this book.

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Not finished yet, but this is so good! It‘s one of those books you feel that everyone needs to read.

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wyvernfriend
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This is not a book to be taken lightly. I'm sure there are people who would say that this is too feminist or some such, however this catalogue of how at least 50% of the population are treated as ignorable and hysterical when the received wisdom clashes with fact.

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Reading and eating-it‘s the little things sometimes 😊

Made three jars and half a jar is gone already. Love leekchi omelettes 😋

http://www.pbs.org/food/kitchen-vignettes/leekchi/

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Wow. This is required reading. Excuse me while I build a bunker to live in because I‘m now very afraid for my life as a woman but no biggie.

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wyvernfriend

Oh man, women are just not taken into account. I have had people comment about how our kitchen is low, yes, because I'm short. Apparently people don't ask for their kitchen to be lower. I've just got to the part where Piano Keyboards are not women friendly, yeah, it's the reason I only got to grade 7 (out of 8 then diploma in music) I could feel the active damage I was doing and with a ganglion already I didn't want more.

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This is an important book. It‘s one of those books you want to buy a million copies of and give to everyone (er, man, every man). It‘s also one of those books that will only be read by the people who already get it sadly. It will enrage you, make you want to burn it all down. But it‘s worth it. #readwomen #audiobook

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This book indirectly/unintentionally gave me the perfect understanding of the value of gender-based analysis and the sorts of initiatives it can inspire. It highlights so many areas where women are shortchanged in society and even includes examples of success -- we just need to get on with it and get some stuff done! This book pairs well with Inferior, by Angela Saini.

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When you find an inaccuracy in a book that‘s about data facts - and I know this is inaccurate as it‘s part of my job- how do you trust all the other facts??
The first TEF results were published in 2017....a simple google search would tell you this so why she‘s saying 2020 I don‘t know 🤷‍♀️

Melissa_J Yup, that would make me question everything else. 7mo
TheEllieMo Rather poor research - looks like she has misinterpreted the Wikipedia page (and I wouldn‘t even trust Wikipedia!) 7mo
TrishB @Melissa_J it‘s put me off the book now! 7mo
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TrishB @TheEllieMo a really bad interpretation! Even Wikipedia says published in 2017, what may be introduced in 2020 is link with fees (though that‘s now been ruled out!) 7mo
Kimzey Good catch! 7mo
jhod Grates!! 7mo
CoffeeK8 Oh, this is on my TBR and now I‘m worried about factuality 7mo
TrishB @CoffeeK8 I‘m putting it aside for now ☹️ I was finding it a good read, but that has deflated me. 7mo
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This book is largely about how the assumption of the male as the default harms women, their health, their prospects, their livelihood, and their families. One cannot escape how our entire society is harmed when women are underrepresented in companies, government, and data. One thing that will truly stick with me from this book is the question, “Has this data been sex-disaggregated?”

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Book Mail! Part two of my Christmas present from my Mom came today. ❤️📚
I‘m starting this one immediately!

#yearofreading #shakespeareandcompany

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Itchyfeetreader
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fascinating and infuriating! Perez takes you through a relentless summary of the ways in which the world treats male as the standard & female (if considered) an aberration. From office temps, city planning, politics and car safety through to a genuinely heartbreaking chapter on the medical industry this book warns us of the risks when women are excluded from data and how that risk accelerates as we become more automated. go read this now! ⬇️⬇️

Itchyfeetreader I am stretching a little here but this book includes details about how crash test dummies don‘t have to be female and often when companies say they test on female they mean a smaller male model. Ie it does not consider a woman‘s different physiology. As such cars sold as super safe may not actually be for a woman in the driver seat. So #maymoviemagic #behindthewheel @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant 9mo
TimSpalding Does it go into machine-learning issues, or is it mostly other statistical problems? 9mo
Itchyfeetreader @TimSpalding neither really it really focuses more on the myriad of places where bias exists and she touches on the risks inherent in coding those into the system — eg where an all women‘s university receives negative scoring in automated CV review. It‘s really a focus on the need for disaggregated gender data across all facets of life (did you know most medical testing on mice only uses male mice for example) 9mo
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TimSpalding @Itchyfeetreader Sounds like an interesting, worthy topic. There's a lot of buzz going on now about bias in machine learning—sex, but also race, class, etc. The trick is that you can in theory find, disentangle, invalidate or redo the sorts of data you're talking about. But ML systems are black boxes. Once you give them data, you don't know how they're working. So it's easy to bake biased data in, and not be aware of it or see what it's doing! 9mo
gradcat I am so disgusted, and full-up-to-my-eyebrows with this subject...and it seems like there will be no progress on these issues until people wake the f$&# up. I‘m reading the tagged book (granted, this is a teen-aged subset), and some of these surveys show that people think women have MORE rights than men, and are thus privileged. What kind of crazy backwards world are we living in? I know med school studies are notorious for this kind of bias. 🤯 9mo
Itchyfeetreader @gradcat what I think this author does really well is not get into the social elements of it. She does not presume to root cause but rather just keeps hammering home all the actual data driven examples, many of which sadly are about women being put in actual danger. There were so many examples in this book that felt solvable with only a little consideration or thought and I hope books like this help start move the dial. 9mo
rohit-sawant This reminds me of an interview I heard on The Filmstruck Podcast a while back where Kirby Dick talked about his documentary The Bleeding Edge and, among other things, mentioned similar problems about most test subjects for medical devices being male. Adding this to my TBR. 9mo
gradcat @Itchyfeetreader Sorry I jumped on my soapbox, but you‘re so right when you speak of some of the “solveabilty” of these issues. But meanwhile, it seems like very basic problems are just ignored or glossed by most of the population. I‘m glad you posted this book...we need more books like this one! 9mo
Cinfhen Wow! So fascinating 9mo
Itchyfeetreader @gradcat not at all! This book has me building a permanent soapbox! My husband just starting reading it and it‘s fascinating watch him be confronted with it. 9mo
TrishB It‘s on my pile ready!! May be very soon now. 9mo
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#invisibletouch #anglophileapril
Brought a couple of weeks ago and haven‘t got to it yet!

Cinfhen Looks interesting 🤓 9mo
Mdargusch Good one! 9mo
emilyhaldi 🧐 9mo
Reviewsbylola This sounds like a very informative read. 9mo
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I bought this after seeing it mentioned everywhere following NASA cancelling the all-female space walk for lack of enough suits in the right sizes. I‘m only a few chapters in, but so far, excellent. Good and infuriating fodder for fueling rage.

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Excellent and infuriating read (for women) exploring the 'data gap' where women are not included or considered in a multitude of issues.
Impacting the health, safety and living conditions of women, who are 50% of the world's population. Had a deja vu moment during the ER bit.

Brought this home the day the first 2 woman space walk was canceled due to there not being 2 suits available fit smaller frames.

#nonfiction2019 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Itchyfeetreader I am loving this book whilst being driven to rage. Am two thirds in bit taking a short breather 10mo
mreads @Itchyfeetreader yes! I read a section a day otherwise my head might have exploded. 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh, sounds infuriating but good! 10mo
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Ready to get angry!

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Settling in with a decaf latte, piece of s'mores bar and a new book! Once I'm done drinking and eating, I will put on the sheet mask for a perfect night of relaxation 😍

MrBook Wonderful!!! 😁 10mo
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I am still reading this one - it‘s ages since I have read something so slowly but the power of the data and the stories contained to drive me to frustration / rage / sadness means I have been eking it out. It‘s all the more powerful for the factual non interpretive tone. I‘m not even half way in but the desire to DO something on reading is massive

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Latest audible purchase #audible

TrishB I just brought this last week 👍🏻 10mo
Balibee146 @TrishB 👍👍 expecting to get really angry though! 10mo
TrishB I‘m reading this at the moment and my blood is boiling!! 10mo
Balibee146 Added to TBR @TrishB 10mo
mreads Reading this now, only one chapter a day it's making me so mad. And ironically brought it home the day the 2 woman space walk was cancelled cause they didn't have two suits available. 😡 10mo
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MallenNC
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My Women‘s History Month purchases! I have really been looking forward to the tagged book. Have you read any of these? #bookhaul

JenReadsAlot I'm looking forward to The Woman's Hour! 10mo
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Got this earlier this week.

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Itchyfeetreader
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Greeting from sunny Munich where I can currently hear the glockenspiel playing from my open window! Really enjoying this one, but have highlighted half the book!

Velvetfur Oohh Munich! I'd love to go there! Have a great time, send us pictures! 😁 10mo
Itchyfeetreader @velvetfur here for work but hopefully have time this afternoon for a quick walk. It‘s my fourth visit but the first time I have Ben morning the office and it‘s been light and not raining 10mo
Velvetfur @Itchyfeetreader Oh that's great that you get to travel for work! Yes hopefully you can get time for a walk this afternoon 👍 10mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve been to Munich... ♥️♥️♥️love it there ! Enjoy 10mo
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