Semi-Colon Book Club: Invisible Women

  • 10/24/2020 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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  • Semi-Colon Book Club: Invisible Women

    Join the Harriet Beecher Stowe House online for their bi-monthly book club, The Semi-Colon Club. For those unaware, The Semi Colon-Club was a local literary club in Cincinnati in the 1830's. Hosted by Samuel Foote, Harriet's uncle, at his home located at the present day Freedom Center, the group welcomed some of Cincinnati's most progressive minds including Harriet Beecher, Salmon P. Chase, Elizabeth Blackwell, Calvin Stowe, and Daniel Drake. This is where Harriet developed her writing skills and where her progressive political views were shaped. The HBS House is keeping this tradition alive by hosting a book club every other month that features a book about important pioneers in equality history or topics related to diversity, inclusion and progressive ideas.

    For October, the book is Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. From Amazon:
    "Data is fundamental to the modern world. From economic development, to healthcare, to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. But because so much data fails to take into account gender, because it treats men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are baked into our systems. And women pay tremendous costs for this bias, in time, money, and often with their lives.

    Celebrated feminist advocate Caroline Criado Perez investigates the shocking root cause of gender inequality and research in Invisible Women​, diving into women’s lives at home, the workplace, the public square, the doctor’s office, and more. Built on hundreds of studies in the US, the UK, and around the world, and written with energy, wit, and sparkling intelligence, this is a groundbreaking, unforgettable exposé that will change the way you look at the world."

    Join us for a lively discussion of this book and gender inequality. From HBS House site:

    "Discussions begin Saturdays at noon and are led by Barbara Furr, long-time HBSH volunteer and former Walnut Hills librarian. Open to the public. $5 suggested donation, but not required, FREE for HBSH members.

    The 2020 Year of the Woman Semi-Colon Club is sponsored by The Matriots. The Matriots Political Action Committee is a voluntary, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization supporting women candidates in Ohio."

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