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A GUARDIAN SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 FINANCIAL TIMES AND McKINSEY BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR
An urgent analysis of global gender inequality and a passionately argued case for change by a pioneer in the movement for women’s economic empowerment.
‘Passionate and timely . . . in a world where so many of us stick to criticising the status quo, it’s heartening to read someone willing to offer viable solutions.’
CAROLINE CRIADO-PEREZ, OBSERVER (author of Invisible Women)
‘A compelling and actionable case for unleashing women’s economic power.’
The Cost of Sexism is an urgent analysis of global gender inequality and a fervently argued case for change by a pioneer in the movement for women’s economic empowerment. Drawing on decades of statistical evidence, original research and global on-the-ground experience, Linda Scott outlines a revolutionary, actionable plan to remove economic barriers against women, and in the process combat humankind’s most pressing problems.
‘One of the most objective, data-led, rigorously scientific and morally persuasive books of the year.’
GUARDIAN (Books of the Year)
‘Shocking.’ ADAM RUTHERFORD, BBC INSIDE SCIENCE
‘Scholarly and impassioned.’ FINANCIAL TIMES
‘Essential.’ TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
‘Powerful.’ NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
The Cost of Sexism was previously published in 2020 in hardback under the title The Double X Economy.
Linda Scott shines a light on women’s essential and often invisible contributions to our global economy – while combining insight, analysis and interdisciplinary data to make a compelling and actionable case for unleashing women’s economic power.
A passionate and timely study . . . Above all, Scott is practical and pragmatic . . . a breath of fresh, if infuriating, air. In a world where so many of us stick safely to criticising the status quo, it’s heartening to read someone willing to offer viable solutions.
A searing analysis of gender bias in the global economy with an agenda for reform . . . [The Cost of Sexism] is vital in both senses of the world: lively and essential . . . it should leave one feeling shocked and shaking with rage.
A rallying cry for global female equality . . . blistering . . . there’s something curiously exhilarating all the same about the brisk, no-nonsense anger bubbling beneath the surface of the text.
Scholarly and impassioned.
Linda Scott’s new book on the costs of gender inequality pulls no punches.
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