Data is a decisive argument in the fight for equality
After hearing about female protests against discrimination, men often complain, “There are too many conversations about gender.” They consider the world already equal for everyone. This belief is hardly surprising; the gulf between the sexes is tricky. While women experience it daily, men seldom witness or read about it due to the data gap. The latter stems from two factors. Firstly, scientists collect less information about the female lifestyle (we will discover the reasons for this soon). Secondly, even when their research includes women, they rarely separate data by sex.
Why is it a problem? Data is a powerful leverage for transformation and decision-making. For example, when Google discovered that new mothers quit at twice the rate of other employees, it prolonged maternity leave at full pay. The number of dismissals dropped by 50%. As long as half of humanity is invisible in statistics, its needs and challenges will remain a niche knowledge.