The Women’s Atlas

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‘A life-saver and page-turner... This will add to everyone’s knowledge and power. Nobody should be without this book.’ Gloria Steinem

An invaluable feminist resource, hip cultural conversation about feminism, and example of cutting-edge data visualization, this beautifully designed new edition of Seager’s award-winning atlas matches the mood of the moment­ with bold, vivid infographics to illustrate the status of women worldwide and the diversity of their experiences.

Joni Seager has written a visually stunning survey of up-to-the-minute global data redefines what is meant by an atlas. Comprehensive and accessible, her incisive prose combined with the creative use of illustration, charts and infographics portray as never before how women are living across continents and cultures—the advances that have been made and the distances still to be travelled.

The result is the most up-to-date global analysis of key issues facing women today: gender equality, literacy and information technology, feminism, the culture of beauty, work and the global economy, changing households, domestic violence, LGBTQ rights, government and power, motherhood, and more.

  • In 2018 Iceland was the first country to make the Gender Pay Gap illegal
  • 58% of young adults newly infected with HIV are women
  • In the last three years, four countries have removed criminal laws against gays and lesbians: Mozambique, Seychelles, Nauru and Belize
  • 40% of women in South Africa will be raped in their lifetime
  • Feminist ‘right to pee’ movements are challenging the lack of public toilets for women in many countries
  • A woman is murdered by her intimate partner every 3 days in France and Japan, and every 30 hours in Argentina
  • In 2008 Rwanda was the first country to elect a majority-women government (56%)
  • The rate of breast cancer in North America is almost double that of Africa 
  • At current rates, boys and girls around the world will have equal access to education by about 2030
  • Maternal mortality is decreasing in most developed countries except in the USA where it’s increasing, especially for Black women
  • 520 million women can’t read this

Yahoo Lifestyle

14 February 2019
This reference guide to the status of women around the world published an updated edition this year, essential for those looking for statistics to back up their arguments. Its stark facts and inviting graphics torpedo myths about certain issues being limited to developing or Third World nations, comparing practices and numbers on all populated continents. (For example, when the book was released in early November, the proportion of women in government in the US was approximately the same of that in Kyrgyzstan.) It shows how and where we’ve seen social advancement, where it’s sorely lacking, and in what ways it’s wildly unbalanced based on country, race, or sexuality. If you’re looking for the story of women, you can’t get more global than this.
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Brit + Co

14 February 2019
Seager has already released four editions of her comprehensive guide to the status of women across the globe; this updated fifth edition shares the most recent statistics, rendered textually and in easily interpretable graphics. Chapters cover everything from “body politics” to “property and policy,” and connections are drawn in surprising and often disturbing ways for anyone who may have constructed a complacent or simple narrative about how the world works for women. “In the world of women, there are few ‘developed’ nations. Looking at the world through the experiences of women raises questions about the validity of conventional distinctions between ‘developed’ and ‘underdeveloped’ countries: women hold virtually the same proportion of representation in elected governments in Madagascar, Kyrgyzstan, and the USA; the indifference of the state to the murder of indigenous women in Canada, Yazidi women in Iraq, and maquiladora women in Mexico offers a sharp rebuke to the notion of the modern state; married women in South Korea, the UAE, and Malawi all need their husbands’ approval for an abortion. These may seem to be cheap shots – glib comparisons that don’t acknowledge the real advances in women’s lives. But for the women living under these realities, it is glib to say that things are getting better for women somewhere else. A rising tide does not necessarily lift all boats. Women do not automatically share in broad social advances — unless there is a commitment to ensure social equity.” Seager takes us through how discrimination is measured, and which countries have segregated workforces and “marry-your-rapist” laws. She deals with equity and intersectionality in all its forms, going “beyond the binary” and trying not to create a monolithic message. If you want to remain informed for yourself or find material for the most hard-hitting debate, The Women’s Atlas will provide it in spades.
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