Wednesday 19 October 2022
The contraceptive headache
If you ask any woman whether she’s happy with her contraception, chances are she’ll say no – but that she’s settled for the best of a bad bunch. Why are our family planning options stuck in the 1960s?
Wednesday 12 October 2022
Waiting for the ladies
Why are women’s toilet queues always longer than men’s? Caroline investigates the history of public conveniences, the impact they have on women’s participation in society and why councils and businesses seem unable to get it right
Wednesday 5 October 2022
The day the women went on strike
In October 1975, the women of Iceland took a “day off”. It led to national chaos, and highlighted the importance of unpaid care work in the economy. In this episode, Caroline asks whether the pandemic could be the shock we need to fix what’s perhaps the greatest gender data gap of all
Wednesday 28 September 2022
The concussed female brain
New research suggests many women experience repeated concussions as a result of domestic abuse. Caroline meets the people working in this under-researched area, and hears from a woman who is still recovering from her own experience
Wednesday 21 September 2022
Are pianos sexist?
The standard piano keyboard is too big for 87 per cent of women and 25 per cent of men. But how did pianos end up this size? Is it time we came up with an alternative?
Friday 16 September 2022
Noémie vs endometriosis
Dr Noémie Elhadad tells us how her experience with endometriosis led her to create an app, PHENDO, that is now collecting data on the condition – and using AI to improve women’s lives
Wednesday 7 September 2022
Murderous menstrual blood
What can we gain from breaking the taboo over periods?
Friday 22 July 2022
The women in Britain being arrested for abortion
We are used to hearing about “illegal” abortion in the context of the US, but there are two women currently being prosecuted for having an abortion in the UK. Do we need to decriminalise abortion in Britain?
Wednesday 20 July 2022
Privacy vs the gender data gap
Caroline has spent over a decade calling for more data to be collected on women – but what happens when that data gets used against us?
Monday 18 July 2022
After America’s abortion ban
In a Sensemaker special, feminist and best-selling writer Caroline Criado Perez explains how limiting abortion rights harms women.
Friday 15 July 2022
Should we make tie-on pockets happen?
Caroline sews her own tie-on pocket and takes it on a trip around London – with nearly disastrous consequences
Wednesday 13 July 2022
The curious case of Percy Pig and the missing pocket
In this episode the Visible Women team try to get to the bottom of one of the world’s most trying problems: the paucity of pockets in women’s clothes compared to men’s. Caroline speaks to a pocket historian, learns to make her own pocket, and takes on some troubling mysteries
Friday 8 July 2022
Women miss out on life saving medicine
In this bonus episode we get to hear more from Dr Tim Nutbeam, the researcher behind the finding that women are nearly twice as likely as men to get trapped in a car following a crash. Tim talks Caroline through the even more shocking sex disparity he uncovered subsequently – and explains how we nearly didn’t get to see any of this research at all
Wednesday 6 July 2022
Deadly injustice – why cars aren’t safe for women
If a woman is involved in a car crash, she is 17 per cent more likely to die than a man in the same crash. In this episode, Caroline investigates why, and comes up with a campaign to fix crash testing
Friday 1 July 2022
The voice recognition AI that can’t hear women
In this bonus episode, Caroline Criado Perez speaks to a woman called Hayley Moulding about her experience of AI-gone-wrong – and tries to get to the bottom of why voice recognition software is so bad at recognising women’s voices
Wednesday 29 June 2022
Computer says no – is AI making healthcare worse for women?
Artificial intelligence has the potential to drastically improve so much of our lives. But in a world where women’s heart attacks are already systematically under-diagnosed, AI might actually be making healthcare worse for women
Friday 24 June 2022
The urban design making Barcelona better for women
In this bonus episode, Caroline Criado Perez speaks to a feminist architect and urban planner about superillas – street blocks that are designed to be friendlier, more sociable and safer for children. The Visible Women team goes to investigate
Wednesday 22 June 2022
Can playgrounds be sexist?
Girls around the world are being pushed to the edges of their own playgrounds – forced into corners, or under stairs, as boys dominate the space. Caroline finds the data that shows why this matters — and asks what we can do to fix it. She also whizzes down some slides in the name of research.
Monday 20 June 2022
The case for armoured bras
In the first Visible Women bonus episode, Caroline Criado Perez is joined by producer Hannah Varrall and data correspondent Patricia Clarke as she listens to tales of ill-fitting PPE sent in by listeners. They discuss everything from offshore survival suits to armoured bras – and how they never quite fit.
Wednesday 15 June 2022
Morally Indefensible PPE
When the pandemic hit, Caroline Criado Perez was inundated with messages from female healthcare workers telling her that their PPE – things like masks and goggles – didn’t fit. In this first episode of her brand new investigative series, join Caroline as she goes on the hunt for missing data and asks: can we fix PPE?